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Lepidopteran Marvels and Mysteries


This course will discuss butterflies and moths that are native to Virginia, what it takes to attract them to your yard, and the pressures on their continued survival. A good example of this is the migration of the Monarchs to Mexico, a phenomenon we will discuss in detail. Live specimens will provide an ‘up close and personal’ look at both adult Lepidoptera and their larvae (caterpillars) and will enhance opportunities for learning more about these amazing insects. The more we learn about these seemingly simple and beautiful creatures, the more fascinating they become!

Instructor Bio:

Karen and Steve McCurdy have raised butterflies and moths for over 25 years and are currently serving as Co-Presidents of the Butterfly Society of Virginia. They are also Certified Virginia Master Naturalists, volunteering through the Tidewater Chapter. Karen and Steve completed their Bachelor's degrees in English/Education and Architecture, respectively.

Recommended Reading:

Burris, Judy and Wayne Richards. The Life Cycles of Butterflies, 2006. Mikula, Rick. The Family Butterfly Book, 2000. Agrawal, Anuar. Monarchs and Milkweed, 2017.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A405 Karen McCurdy Sept 6 Th 1:00-4:00 p.m. Ivy Creek Natural Area A

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