Massachusetts Butterfly Club
A Chapter of the
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 Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues of Massachusetts Butterflies are available for download as PDF documents. Back issues #1 through #39 are available for download by selecting the "Club Publications" on the left menu, then scroll down to the paragraph on back issues.
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club's Fall Meeting was held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Broad Meadow Brook Conservation CenterSanctuary. To see a write-up and a few photographs, click on the "Past Club Events" link on the left side of this page then select "2013 Fall meeting of the MBC".
The 6th annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival was held Saturday, August 10th at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center in Worcester. The weather was perfect and there was a good turnout. There is a write-up of the festival along with photos. You can see these by selecting "Past Club Events" in the left menu or click on this link.
NBC Nightly News broadcast - 9/11/2012
Butterfly populations shifting in Massachusetts
The Butterflies of Massachusetts by Sharon Stichter
Sharon Stichter's new website The Butterflies of Massachusetts, is available at www.butterfliesofmassachusetts.net!! 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!
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!
You may read the pre-Sept 2005 archived MassLep e-mail messages here.
If you have problems with subscribing or unsubscribing to the MassLep list server, send an email to the list server monitor.
This website is a work in progress.