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American Lady butterfly

Sue Anderson has been educating people about butterflies for many years, giving talks about butterflies to a wide array of groups. This will be her first time presenting under the auspices of the Lane County Audubon Society. We are excited that she has agreed to share her expertise, information, photos, and experiences with us.

Sue’s presentation will touch on the butterflies most common to our local area, the mystery of metamorphosis, the Monarch migration phenomena, identification resources, and stories from her fieldwork. Nearly all the slides will be from her own photo collection. She’ll cover butterfly biology, the difference between butterflies and moths, links to plants including habitat requirements and butterfly gardening, and available field guides, including where to find butterflies in Lane County. Also included will be information from the North American Butterfly Association annual counts.

In her words, she has loved butterflies ever since she was “knee high to a grasshopper.” Fascinated by all sorts of insects and spiders, she focused on butterflies because “they’re beautifully colored and they don’t bite!” Her experiences include teaching Adult Education classes and leading the 4th of July Butterfly Counts (similar to our Christmas Bird Counts) for more than 38 years in the Ochoco and Metolius areas of Central Oregon. She has also led numerous butterfly walks for the Deschutes Land Trust and is now learning her Willamette Valley species.

This presentation will be at the Campbell Center (155 High Street) on Tuesday, May 28. Doors open at 6:30 for some social time; the program begins promptly at 7:00. This presentation will also be available over a Zoom link, which will be posted on the LCAS website about a week before the event. Past programs are posted there as well, about a week later.