Austin, Texas, is home to about 170 species of butterflies. It is also the home of the Austin Butterfly Forum, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to butterfly conservation and to enriching people's lives through butterflies. The Austin Butterfly Forum is a club that organizes field trips, conducts butterfly counts, promotes native gardening, performs conservation activities, and meets monthly for an educational presentation. We are a community of butterfly enthusiasts who also enjoy dragonflies & damselflies, bees, beetles, spiders and arthropods in general, and our meeting presentations span this gamut as well. Join Us!

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A South African Dragonfly (Platycypha caligata), photo by John Abbott

Meetings are held in the Zilker Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX, 78746 at 7:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month except December.

Mar. 23, 2015, 7 PM meeting: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas, presented by John Abbott.

John will autograph his book, Dragonflies of Texas. More information and examples of his fabulous photography can be found at Abbott Nature, Abbott Nature Photography, Flickr, and Facebook.

John Abbott grew up in Texas, falling in love at an early age with insects and natural history in general. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1999 with a study of the dragonflies and damselflies of the south-central U.S. He took a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin where he also served as the Curator of Entomology until 2013. At UT, John taught General Entomology and Aquatic Entomology and he has lead student groups to such exotic locales as Costa Rica, Honduras, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii and Mexico. His research focuses on aquatic insects, particularly the systematics and biogeography of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). John has authored many papers on aquatic insects and written eight books on odonates including the just published Dragonflies of Texas. Since July of 2013, John has been at St. Edward’s University as the Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. John is creator of several different Citizen Science based web sites including OdonataCentral, the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, and Pond Watch. John also sits on the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) Odonata Specialists Group. Beyond these interests, John and his wife Kendra are avid nature photographers who own and operate Abbott Nature Photography. Their photographs have appeared in numerous calendars, magazines and books. John and Kendra are also currently working on the Peterson Field Guide to North American Insects and a book on the Common Insects of Texas.

Apr. 11, 2015, 8 AM to noon: Butterfly Forum Field Trip at the Austin Nature and Science Center.

Meet at the entrance on Stratford Drive. There is parking under Mopac (Loop 1) off Stratford Dr. We will join Melissa Macdougall, who conducts monthly nature surveys at the center.

Apr. 27, 2015, 7 PM meeting: Pollinators in south TX ecosystems, presented by Sarah Cusser.


All of our normal events are open to the public, but you may want to become a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum to help support us and our events. We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced admission to special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases made at meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household payable during meetings or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin, TX 78723.

For more information, please contact Mike Quinn, ABF president at 512-577-0250 or

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