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12 January 2012
The crew here at BOTWF hopes everyone had a great holiday season and your new year
has started well. We’ve been busy here updating the website and getting ready for
2012. The 2012 calendar is now loaded and the 2011 calendar and 2011 News have been
archived. We’ll maintain a link to all of our archived pages at the top of this
Well, we still have a bit of time before butterflies start flying here in the U.S.
However, for planning your events for this year, now’s the time to contact us. Even
during the winter, we can give our presentations indoors. The BOTWF has already
been receiving emails and phone calls, and dates will start filling fast. Check
out our Programs page to see what we offer.
Along with presentations, Bryan’s been planning photography trips. He also just
finished his selections of his favorite butterfly photos for 2011. Click here to
Work is still slowly progressing on completing the species treatments and Caitlin
has finished several new range maps which have already been loaded to the site.
Many more exciting projects are in the works for 2012 and we’ll keep you up to date
with regular updates.
22 February 2012
The weather is warming and butterflies have already been seen here in our home state
of Oklahoma. So far all of them have been species that overwinter as adults, such
as Mourning Cloaks. But new, freshly emerged, adults shouldn’t be too far behind.
News from here includes Bryan finishing the species treatments. Also, while going
through images for his photography business clients, he found several that he thought
should be loaded on this website. A total of 52 species have new images added. Here’s
the list, and hopefully, a few of your favorites are here. Check them out and let
us know what you think.
Things have quickly warmed up here in central Oklahoma and fresh butterflies are
flying. Spring break is just a couple weeks away and the BOTWF is scheduled to
give a total of four presentations during that week for the Wichita Mountains National
Wildlife Refuge, here in Oklahoma. We’ll be giving the popular presentation, Butterflies...Here
Today, Gone Tomorrow?, on the 17th and 24th of March at 1100 and 1400 both days.
If you’re in the area, please plan to attend. All the presentations are free and
open to the public and will be held in the theater room of the Visitor’s Center.
Have you been brushing up on your butterfly identifications and getting ready for
the season? Here’s a test: Can you identify the four butterflies gathering nectar
from the wild blue indigo in the photo to the right? The photo was taken on 7 May
2006 at the Lexington Wildlife Management Area, Cleveland County, in central Oklahoma.
Here’s a hint, there are three different species and the top and bottom butterflies
are the same species. Email us here with your guesses and stay tuned to the next
update for the correct answers.
Also, several more presentations are being worked out for the year. In April we’ll
be at the 6th Annual Arbuckle-Simpson Nature Festival. Please keep checking our
calendar for more and if you’re a member of a club or organization, a teacher, librarian,
etc. and would like to schedule a program, please contact us for details.
23 March 2012
Spring is erupting here in central Oklahoma. The plums and redbuds are in full bloom
and fresh butterflies are flying. We’ve also been getting some badly needed rain.
Bryan gave two presentations to eager audiences at Bradford Village in Edmond, Oklahoma,
on 12 March. Last Saturday he was at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
for two presentations and he’ll be there again this weekend for two more.
Since we’re based out of Oklahoma, many of the butterfly activities we do are in
our home state. During our presentations, we encourage people to track or list the
species they see if they wish and also to report new county records. We often get
asked about a list of county records in Oklahoma and there is actually one available.
Thanks to John Fisher and John Nelson, this list is found here. Thanks to these
two gentlemen for compiling and maintaining this list.
Bryan gave two more presentations to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
on 24 March which were very well received. Another big event is planned for the
27th and 28th of this month; The 6th Annual Arbuckle- Simpson Nature Festival held
in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. On Friday, the 28th, Bryan will give a butterfly photography
workshop from 0800 until noon. This will include a classroom session followed by
going into the field to find and photograph butterflies. Bryan will also give the
highly acclaimed presentation, “Butterflies...Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?” as the
keynote address in the evening. We hope to see you there!
8 May 2012
There’s been a lot of activity here at the Butterflies of the World Foundation since
the last post. Bryan was at the The 6th Annual Arbuckle- Simpson Nature Festival
held in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on the 28th of April. That morning, he gave a butterfly
photography seminar and that evening he was the keynote speaker with the ever popular
presentation, “Butterflies...Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?” There were eager participants
at both events. The next scheduled speaking occasion will be next month at the Mt.
Magazine Butterfly Festival, Mt. Magazine State Park, near Paris, Arkansas, on 22
and 23 June 2012. One of the highlight butterflies in that area is the stunning
Diana Fritillary. If you’re in the area at that time, we highly encourage you to
come for the festivities and a chance to see this beautiful insect.
Other butterfly activities that have been posted on our calendar are several butterfly
counts. For those just starting out learning your local butterflies, we highly recommend
participating in a butterfly count. What happens at a count is everyone is divided
up into small groups with a ‘leader’ for each group. This person is usually a local
expert on the local butterflies and typically these people are very eager to help
others who are interested in learning the local butterfly fauna. You head out with
your group to designated places at the count location, sometimes even to areas the
public may not normally be allowed. Then you count every species, and how many of
them there are. If you hang with your group leader, or other seasoned butterfliers,
you’ll quickly learn the butterflies in that area.
Besides counting butterflies, photography of them is another rewarding endeavor.
Bryan was out to several locations in Oklahoma this spring chasing many species.
On 31 March, he was in Sulphur, Oklahoma, looking for adults of the Frosted Elfin.
You can read about the hunt in the 2011 News Archive. This was an exciting find
and not only did he get photos of them, but he also got them ovipositing. And to
make things even better, after the Frosted Elfins, he drove the ten minute drive
to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and was able to find and photograph some
Yucca Giant-Skippers, another new one for him. There, he also saw and photographed
some amazing behavior such as courting, mating and ovipositing. He also got some
high magnification shots of eggs. Bryan said it was one of the most memorable days
he’s had for a long time.
Another subject Bryan’s been looking for are immature butterflies. He photographed
a Question Mark caterpillar on elm and a Variegated Fritillary strangely on a cactus.
Perhaps it was searching for a place to pupate?
This has been one of the best years to observe butterflies in our home state of Oklahoma
in a long time. We hope you’ve been able to enjoy it and we’ll see you at the next
On 11 May, Bryan was in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the Oklahoma State University Botanical
Garden for another filming of a butterfly segment for the Oklahoma Gardening program.
After the filming, the Garden held an open house for the public and Bryan gave butterfly
tours. Even during the rainy day, butterflies were found. Highlights were Variegated
Fritillary caterpillars on passionvine, one that had freshly pupated and another
in the process of pupating. The kids especially liked it.
Of course, Bryan’s camera shutter has been flapping quite a lot over the last few
weeks. With the butterfly season now going full tilt, he’s been photographing in
earnest. Besides adults, he’s still getting more shots of immature butterflies as
well as larval food sources. Here’s a list of the species pages with new images:
June is just around the corner and it will be a busy month for the BOTWF. Trips
are planned all around our home state and into Arkansas and Texas. Several butterfly
counts are scheduled and we’ll reiterate how important these are for those of you
who want to get to know your local species. You’ll get into great habitats, see
great butterflies and meet like-minded people who enjoy sharing their knowledge.
Hopefully, we’ll see you at one of the counts. Check out our June calendar for
the dates, times and locations.
17 July 2012
Wow, what a busy time we’ve had here at the BOTWF over the last six weeks. June
was packed with presentations, field trips and butterfly counts. Highlights included
the Mt. Magazine Butterfly Festival near Paris, Arkansas. An estimated over 2,000
people, with a ton of kids, attended. Bryan gave two scheduled presentations and
several impromptu field trips. Unfortunately, there’s a drought in the area,
but there were still a few butterflies to be found. Bryan was also interviewed for
the Festival and a clip can be found here. Bryan was also in Stillwater, Oklahoma,
at the Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens for more filming segments for
the Oklahoma Gardening Program. If you’re in Oklahoma, stay tuned to the local PBS
channel to view the segments. They have also recently loaded two previous pieces
on their Youtube channel. Here they are in order: March and April.
In more news, there will be an upcoming presentation and field trip at the Martin
Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 11 August 2012. It is free and
open to the public. Keep checking our Calendar for more events and contact us if
you want to schedule one for your group. We hope you enjoyed this update.
Kim Toscano, host of Oklahoma Gardening, introduces Bryan and they discuss early
Kim Toscano and Bryan talk about April butterflies found in Oklahoma and they put
out a fruit tray
It’s been a while since the last update and as always, we’ve been busier than ever.
Most of the work lately has been the indoors type, scheduling presentations and
working on our extensive file of photographs. This is because of the extreme heat
wave and drought that has gripped our area over the summer. We had several days
in a row of well over 100 degrees and one day it hit 115 degrees. There was little
rain to speak of and as everyone knows, a terrible fire ravaged a large swath near
our headquarters. The southern edge of the Cleveland County fire was just a couple
miles north of us.
If the wind had changed directions, it’s likely it would have been disastrous for
us. So, due to the weather, not many photos were obtained during this period.
In happier news, Bryan gave a presentation on 11 August to the Martin Park Nature
Center, in Oklahoma City. It was very well attended and the younger kids had a ton
of very informed questions and observations. An attempt was made to do a walk afterwards,
but due to the extreme heat, it was cut short.
In other news, more BOTWF segments were aired on the Oklahoma Gardening program on
the Oklahoma PBS channel and we have loaded them here just in case you missed them.
The next segment in the works will be about the Monarch, and its epic journey. The
fall migration can be very noticeable in our area, since central Oklahoma is a major
flyway for the species.
And finally, more presentations are scheduled. Many of these are free and open to
the public. For September, we will give a butterfly photography seminar in Lawton,
Oklahoma, for the Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society on the Thursday the 13th.
Then on the 17th we’ll be in Norman, Oklahoma, to give the popular presentation,
“Butterflies...Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?” to the Cleveland County Herb Society.
And finally we’ll be at the Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival which will
be held at the Jerusalem Community Center & Park near Cole, Oklahoma, on Saturday
the 29th of September.
That’s all the news from here. Fall is a great time for observing butterflies. The
cooler temperatures make it much more bearable for humans and the butterflies tend
to allow closer looks. So, get out there and have fun.
Kim Toscano and Bryan discuss the differences between butterflies and moths
Kim Toscano and Bryan discuss larval food sources.
Kim Toscano and Bryan discuss tools for identifying butterflies.
23 October 2012
Well, just as we usually start our ‘news’ segments, we’ve been busier than ever.
Over the last month or so, our schedule has been packed with butterfly presentations
and programs. On 13 September, Bryan gave a butterfly photography seminar to a roomful
of eager photographers in Lawton, Oklahoma. Then on the 17th, he was in Norman,
Oklahoma, to give the ever-popular presentation, “Butterflies...Here
Today, Gone Tomorrow?”, to the Cleveland County Herb Society. On the 19th, he was
at the Oklahoma State University Botanical Garden for another filming of a butterfly
segment. Then on 29 September, he was at the Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival,
held at the Jerusalem Heritage Center near Cole, Oklahoma. And on 3 October, he
was at the Cann Garden Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to give a presentation. On
the 5th through the 7th both he and Laura were at the Oklahoma Bioblitz, held at
Foss Lake, Oklahoma, where they helped with surveying butterflies and gave another
presentation. Then on 10 October, it was back to the OSU Botanical Garden for another
filming. And finally, Bryan went to Drumright, Oklahoma, to give another butterfly
photography seminar on 20 October. All of the appearances were very fun with enthusiastic
crowds at all of them.
The next scheduled event will be a butterfly presentation at the Fall Festival for
Journey Clinic, in Moore, Oklahoma. The Festival is from 1100 to 1600 and Bryan
will present at 1300. The event is free and open to the public. Keep a watch on
our calendar for more events, and if you need one for your group, please don’t hesitate
to contact us.
Even with the summer heat and busy schedule, Bryan was able to get in a little photography.
Just as many photographers can attest, sometimes common subjects are elusive. Such
was the case for him and the Phaon Crescent, a common enough species in his home
state of Oklahoma. Well, in September, he finally got some photos and that species
now has a treatment page. Other highlights are to the right.
That’s all the news for now. Keep checking back, as many new things are in the works
for the BOTWF.
Besides observing butterflies, we’ve been making some minor changes to the website.
The Butterflies page now has a couple new options. One came from a request to add
a direct link to the Monarch species page. Also, since we’re based out of Oklahoma,
we decided to add a page that has a list of all 194 species that have been documented
from our state. Granted, we don’t have full photographic coverage of all 194 species,
we’re at about 80% and climbing, but we thought a state list would help local butterfly
enthusiasts. And finally, we get a few emails per month asking about our coverage
of at-risk species, so we’ve added direct page-links for three species, the Regal
Fritillary, Arogos Skipper and Dakota Skipper.
Besides the website updates, Bryan gave a very well received presentation at the
Fall Festival at Journey Clinic in Moore, Oklahoma on 3 November 2012. Our next
presentation will be for the Gladiolus Garden Club in Purcell, Oklahoma, on 14 November
2012 at 1330. It will be held at the McClain County OSU Extension office. It is
free and open to the public. Keep an eye on our Calendar for more events.
Speaking of events, we’ve added another program called “Train the Trainer.” This
intensive course has been developed specifically for park/refuge personnel, master
naturalists, scout leaders, teachers, etc. It is a day-long program covering all
aspects of butterflies including biology, ecology, conservation, observation and
more. The morning will be dedicated to the classroom with a field-trip in the afternoon.
The intent of this program is to train personnel (or refresh their knowledge) so
that they can pass what they’ve learned on to their students, the public, etc. If
you’re interested, contact us for details.
And finally, we’ve been very busy this year with presentations, programs, field trips,
and butterfly counts; a total of 35 so far. Last year we did 33 various events.
Most of these were free and open to the public and for many of them, the BOTWF received
little (or no) compensation for our time and travel. We’re also constantly on the
road for photography, travelling to various parks, refuges and other wild areas
obtaining images for the BOTWF to use in our programs and presentations, our website,
or to officially document species. All of this work is expensive to do and for that
reason, we need your help. Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Butterflies
of the World Foundation. All credit card donations are processed by PayPal. Click
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13 November 2012
The Butterflies of the World Foundation is proud to bring Annie Hart on board as
our grant writing and fundraising specialist. Annie is the creator of the highly
acclaimed annual Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival held each year at the Historic
Jerusalem Community Park near Cole, Oklahoma. We’re excited to bring Annie’s passion
and zest for butterflies to the BOTWF. Click here to learn more about her.
The Butterflies of the World Foundation was at the Gladiolus Garden Club in Purcell,
Oklahoma, on 14 November 2012, where we gave a presentation to a packed house of
eager butterfly enthusiasts. It was evident they came away completely satiated with
tons of information about their local butterflies. On 29 November, The BOTWF will
give another presentation at the University of Oklahoma in room 260 of Richards Hall.
There is limited space, but if you’re on the campus that day, pop in for the show.
Even though we’ve had a few frosty mornings here in central Oklahoma, Bryan wanted
to let people know he’s still seeing butterflies out flying once the day warms up.
Common encounters include both Orange, Clouded and Dainty Sulphurs and a few Painted
The Butterflies of the World Foundation is proud to announce two special edition
art posters created by Oklahoma artist Kevin Hopkins. Only ten of these wonderful,
20”x30” fine art posters will be available for the holidays, "Interesting & Colorful
Insects" or "Swallowtail Butterflies" of Oklahoma, each signed by the artist and
suitable for framing. A tax deductible $100 donation will reserve one limited poster
of your choice and help us continue to excite people about butterflies and safeguarding
their habitat. These beautifully designed, colorfully detailed posters are only
available by reservation by calling Annie Hart at 405-485-2962. Make your donation
to The Butterflies of the World Foundation via the Paypal link above. When your
order is confirmed, you will receive your poster in a protective mailing tube via
the USPS. Framing is not included. Click on each poster to see them in greater