Chapters: Broward Chapter Event 2/14

(Schaus’ Swallowtail, photographed by Holly L. Salvato)

“Sea level rise vs. host plant habitat enhancement for the endangered Schaus swallowtail Butterfly”

Speaker Jaeson Clayborn, PhD Candidate, Koptur Lab, Dept. of Biology, FIU presents his assessment for the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly. The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at UF has conducted ongoing scientific efforts to prevent the extinction of this endemic Florida race of Schaus Swallowtail, Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus.

The Schaus’ swallowtail or island Swallowtail is a species of American butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is found in southern Florida with subspecies in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, and Cuba. Historically it occurred in tropical hardwood hammocks from South Miami to Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida.

Meeting starts: 7pm, social hour: 6.30pm at the Broward County Extension Office, 3245 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314.

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Chapters: Panola Mountain State Park – Georgia-Piedmont

(Creole Pearly-eye photographed by Allen Belden:

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Panola Mountain State Park, please join us as we hear from Dr. James Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Porter will announce a major new discovery of the presence of three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies within Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, The Tallassee Forest. The presence of three virtually indistinguishable, but genetically distinct, species at the same time and in the same place is almost unheard of outside the tropics. Athens-Clarke County’s decision to purchase the Tallassee Forest with public funds and a grant from the Riverview Foundation has preserved a natural area that protects, not just rare species, but also a rare ecological phenomenon. Please also save the date for a butterfly walk on June 17, 2017, An Insiders Trip to the Tallassee Forest, Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, led by Dr. Porter.

Note: $5 parking fee