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Massachusetts Butterfly Club

A Chapter of the
North American Butterfly Association

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                        * * * * 30 Years!!!! * * * *
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club is celebrating our 30th year! To see a brief history of the club and how it began, click here.

                          * * * Notice * * *
Robert Gallardo's talk on Butterflies of Honduras that was postponed from the MBC Fall meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 3 at 7 pm.

Please join us for a virtual (live) presentation via Zoom.

“Butterflies of Honduras”
Honduras, located in northern Central America, has gaping holes in basic knowledge of many aspects of its biodiversity. This includes its butterfly fauna. Since 2016 Robert Gallardo and Olivia Diaz have been surveying butterflies across much of the Honduran landscape with the goal of producing a butterfly guide. Within the first fourteen months they discovered three undescribed species, and to date have recorded more than three-hundred country records. Their property alone, Emerald Valley, harbors an amazing 704 species and there, they hold an annual butterfly festival. During this seminar we will explore this little known, but rich country, and the work they have been carrying out.

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The Fall 2022 issue of our Massachusetts Butterflies journal will be available in early December. Members who requested an electronic copy of the journal will receive a link to a web page where a PDF of the Spring and Fall 2022 journals can be downloaded. Members who still receive a printed copy should receive it in the mail by mid December.

36 members and guests attended the 2022 Fall meeting of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club on Saturday, October 8th via Zoom.

Unfortunately, our guest speaker, Robert Gallardo, became ill just before the meeting and was not able to attend. We hope to schedule another meeting in the future and have him speak then.

The Biennial Election of Club Officers was announced at the meeting. The election results:
      President - Tom Tyning
      Vice President (East) - Martha Gach
      Vice President (West) - Carol Duke
      Treasurer - Elise Barry
      Secretary - Barbara Volkle

Tom Tyning is our new president. Welcome Tom! The board looks forward to your leadership for the next 2+ years. Thank you to Martha Gach for her hard work as president during the last two difficult years. She is now taking on the position of Vice President - East for the next two years. We will miss Rosemary Mosco who will be leaving the area. Many thanks to her for her excellent ideas and service as VP East.

MBC member Andrew Griffith writes a post on butterflies for the Wareham Week Today website. If you’d like to see his posts, you can click on On that webpage you can see a list of recent posts on the right side of the page.

                        **** Please Donate ****

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.

If you care about our butterflies and the club's efforts to support them, please consider making a donation to our club.
Click on this link to see how you can donate.
Another way you can help is to use Amazon Smile for your Amazon purchases and name our club as the charity. See below for information on how to do that.

                  *****  Butterflying Code of Ethics  *****
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club has adopted a Butterflying Code of Ethics. You can find the document under Club Information on the left menu.

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If you do not report your sightings on MassLep or Facebook and would like to report your sightings to our records compiler directly, you can download the spreadsheet below and email to Mark Fairbrother at

            Sightings Report spreadsheet

Note: Please DO NOT use this form if you report your sightings on MassLep or Facebook.

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