Massachusetts Butterfly Club

A Chapter of the
North American Butterfly Association

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The Massachusetts Butterfly Club sponsors state-wide butterfly activities to promote education, conservation, interpretation, and fun! We invite people of all ages and levels of expertise to attend our meetings, programs, field trips, and butterfly counts and to become members of our club.

The 7th annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival   will be held Saturday, August 9th at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center in Worcester. Click here for more information.

The Butterfly Exhibit at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA is now underway, and will run through September 1. Massachusetts Butterfly Club photographers provided many photos for this exhibit. In addition to photographs, the exhibit includes a walk-in live butterfly pavilion, many of Sam Jaffeís prints, historical collections, and several other butterfly-themed artifacts from around the world. Hereís a link to an article describing the opening of the exhibit, including photos of the many different aspects of the exhibit: If youíre interested in visiting the exhibit, check the museumís website for directions, hours and admission fees at Itís a wonderful celebration of all things butterfly - donít miss it!

The Spring meeting / potluck supper of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club was held on Saturday, April 5th at 5:30pm at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center in Worcester. You can see a write-up and a few photos by selecting "Past Club Events" on the left menu then selecting the 2014 Spring meeting or click here.

The 2014 Field Trips list and July 4th Counts list are ready for download. Please click on Field Trips / Counts on the left. PDF and Word documents are available for download.

Lepidoptera classes and workshops to be held this year in California and Colorado
June 22-27 - Paul Opler and Evi Buckner-Opler will teach a class The Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University.
June 27-29 - Jerry Powell and Paul Opler will teach a workshop Moths of California also at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University.
July 26 and August 15 - Two one-day classes Introduction to Butterflies in Rocky Mountain National Park.
For more description and contact information, click here.
Note: The classes and workshops are not sponsored by, nor affiliated with, the Massachusetts Butterfly Club or NABA but we thought they may be of interest to some of our members and friends.

The Butterflies of Massachusetts by Sharon Stichter

Sharon Stichter's new website The Butterflies of Massachusetts, is available at!! This wonderful resource presents new information on the abundance and distribution of Massachusetts butterflies based directly on Massachusetts Butterfly Club sighting data. It also contains a wealth of historical background on each species, as well as conservation and management information!

Links to each species account on this new website will be available from our species photograph pages.

The Caterpillars of Massachusetts 2009 by Sam Jaffe

After a fantastic 2009 season spent seeking out and photographing many of our more spectacular caterpillars, Sam has combined his notes on Massachusetts' caterpillar life histories into a single document. Now, with the help of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, these notes are available online, as a pdf, with accompanying thumbnail links to Sam's relevant photographs.

These notes should not be mistaken for an exhaustive resource, but the information provided regarding caterpillar location, hostplant, season, and behavior might be especially relevant to all Massachusetts butterfly and moth enthusiasts.

The update to the Checklist of Massachusetts Butterflies is here! See the description on the club publications page to view a sample page and learn how to order yours today!

Many thanks to Erik Nielsen for compiling the records and for creating the checklist and to Mark Fairbrother for maintaining our records!

We are delighted to announce the publication of

The Massachusetts Butterfly Club GUIDE TO GOOD BUTTERFLY SITES

From the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, this GUIDE will lead you through twenty-six of the best butterfly-finding sites in the state. Written by well-known Massachusetts Butterfly Club field experts, this 142-page coil-bound book describes each site in detail, with original trail maps, sighting lists, directions, and hot tips!

Order yours today!

Sign up to get e-mail from Massachusetts butterfly enthusiasts!

If you wish to receive periodic e-mail messages about butterflies in Massachusetts and to report your own butterfly sightings, consider joining the MassLep list server. Butterfly watchers from around the state send messages listing the butterflies they see, describing butterfly behavior, posing questions, and answering them. Joining the list server is a great way to find out what's flying and to get to know others who share your interests!

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