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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.

      **********   Field Trips for 2019 **********
The field trips for 2019 have been posted to the website. Click on 2019 Schedule on the left menu. July count schedule will be available soon.

**********   2019 Spring Meeting    ***   Save the date!   *******
                  Saturday, April 13th at 5:30 PM
The Spring meeting of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will be held at Massachusetts Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester.

5:30pm Potluck supper - please remember to bring your own plates and flatware, as well as a favorite dish to share.

6:15pm Business meeting which will be followed by a presentation on Butterfly Taxonomy in the New World – A New World for Observers by noted butterfly author and photographer (and club member) Rick Cech.

We’ll finish the evening off with a celebration of butterfly photos taken by club members. Show up to 20 slides or digital photos that represent highlights from the field in during 2018. If you wish to show your slides, contact Steve Moore at

Our featured talk: Butterfly Taxonomy in the New World – A New World for Observers.

It has taken some decades for the promise of DNA-based analysis to reach maturity. Recently, the family relationships of butterflies have been much clarified, an effort drawing on the work of multiple international contributors. For observers, the rewards of this effort can be personal as well as intellectual – helping finally sort out some long-confusing tangles among butterfly groups, especially in the Neotropics. Join Rick for a photo-illustrated tour of some recent revelations.

An active field naturalist, author, and photographer, Rick Cech is an affiliate curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Entomology. He is the principal author and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide (Princeton, 2005), and wrote A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area.

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                      * * * * Club Merchandise * * * *
Our new Massachusetts Butterfly Club HATS are here! Available in 21 colors, they are on sale for $20 each. Please click on this link for more information.
We still have a few official club T-Shirts available for purchase. Please click on this link for more information.

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