Bryan was able to get out for a five day photography trip from southwestern Missouri
down through the eastern edge of Oklahoma. His film has arrived, the slides scanned
and the highlights are loaded on the website.
After Beech Creek, Bryan proceeded to the Little River National Wildlife Refuge near
Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Out in large numbers were both Southern and Creole Pearly-Eyes
which Bryan photographed extensively. Some were so cooperative he was able to get
2X photos of the eye-spots. He was also able to photograph a very fresh Spicebush
Swallowtail and a fresh Giant Swallowtail, both gathering minerals from the damp
Other news from the BOTWF:
- Ray is doing butterfly work in Iowa. We hope to post an update on the site soon.
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Bryan was able to add another species to his photographed list, the Outis Skipper.
documented in his home state of Oklahoma, but after five years of searching, he never
saw one until recently.
Upcoming events include:
- Bryan leaves for New Mexico from the 15th through the 20th of August. He’s looking
forward to visiting some old butterfly spots he explored in the late 80’s and early
90’s while stationed there in the Air Force. Hopefully, he’ll add some good species
to the list.
- There are a couple butterfly counts coming up in September. The first is at the
Pontotoc Ridge Preserve on the 25th and the second is at the Oxley Nature Center
in Tulsa on the 30th. Hopefully, the extreme heat will have abated by then.
- Also in October, the BOTWF will be in the Lower Rio Grande Valley from the 23rd
through the 31st. There are a few butterfly presentations and walks scheduled. Check
out our October calendar for details. We also hope to significantly expand the photo
species list on this trip.
- Work is continuing on the species treatments. Bryan has been going through each
of his slides and getting all of the data to at least get information for each photo
on the site. The Swallowtails, Whites and Sulphurs, Gossamer Wings, Metalmarks and
most of the Brushfoots have photo captions
with pertinent data. The Skippers are next and with 56 species and hundreds of photos,
this will take a while. After that, then each species page will be completed. Thanks
for you patience. Once this part of
the site is complete, it will be easier to maintain as new species are added.
- Ray surveyed several sites through the summer in Iowa and one in northern Missouri.
He had a couple sightings of the rare Two-Spotted Skipper, Euphyes bimacula.
That’s all the news for now. Check back in a couple weeks for some images from New
Wow, what a busy month it’s been. Several emails were received with complements
regarding the website and especially the photography. Thank you all for your kind
words. There’s also been some great feedback on some incorrectly identified species,
namely the Painted Ladies and Cloudywings. Thanks to the experts who helped get
those straightened out. If you are an expert with a particular
group, please provide feedback and especially notify us if you see any errors.
finished the photo labels for all of the images. Now, those of you who have been
patiently waiting for dates, locals, etc., now have that information. The next task
is to finish the actual species treatments. Hopefully, this will be done soon. That’s
all the news for now.
12 October 2010
It’s been a month since the last update and a lot has happened since then. Bryan
gave two talks which were very well received. The first was at the public library
in Blanchard, Oklahoma on 24 September, and the second was at the Oklahoma Bio Blitz
at Kaw Lake and Camp McFadden near Ponca City, Oklahoma on 9 October. There were
passionate ‘butterfliers’ at both. At the Bio Blitz talk a troop of Girl Scouts
were present with tons of great questions and observations. The Blanchard talk was
held in conjunction with the annual Monarch Migration Festival which was held two
miles east of Cole, Oklahoma on 2 October. Bryan attended and it was really nice
to see the youngsters with butterfly face paintings and butterfly wings attached
to their backs.
Bryan was finally able to meet Marilyn Stewart who owns Wild Things Nursery. She
specializes in native plants and has many butterfly larval food plants as well as
native nectar sources. She comes highly recommended and her website is here.
Ray gave three presentations to the Richmond Elementary School in Stillwater, Oklahoma
which were highly enjoyed by all.
Bryan and Laura are looking forward to their trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley
the last week in October. Four presentations and one butterfly walk have been scheduled.
Please check the October calendar for more details. Hopefully, the next news update
will include several new species from that area.
And finally, the species treatments are still plugging along. We anticipate, once
colder weather sets in, this will be done in short order.
See you in the field!
19 November 2010
It’s been another busy month for The Butterflies of the World Foundation. Numerous
emails have been received asking about the trip Bryan and Laura took to the Lower
Rio Grande Valley during the last week of October. Four presentations and two butterfly
walks were given to eager crowds at three different locations in the Valley. They
met many people with a passion for butterflies and made many friends. They have
been invited back for next year and hope to make this an annual event every October.
The area is a true butterfly lover’s paradise. Almost around every turn there was
something new. And what everyone wants to know is what did Bryan photograph? Well,
he got a total of 31 new species and more coverage of 7 species that were already
on file. Some of the standouts from species already covered were two male Giant
Swallowtails courting a female and a Clouded Skipper being consumed by a Mexican
Unicorn Mantis. And for the new species...here’s the list not in any particular
In other news, on 4 November, Bryan gave a presentation to the Cleveland County Audubon
Society at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, which was
well received. Also, plans are now in the works to send Bryan to Coppermine, Northwest
Territories, to photograph high Arctic butterflies in July 2011 with Professor Ronald
Royer. And finally, more progress has been made adding species accounts to this
site. As the weather turns colder, more time will be dedicated to completing this
project. Also, the slide show has been updated with recent Texas butterflies. We
hope you enjoy the new Lower Rio Grande Valley additions. Please let us know what
you think or if you notice any errors. Have a happy Holidays.