It’s only natural that birders should be interested in butterflies, given how important these insects are to birds. Members of the insect order Lepidoptera, butterflies and moths are a key food source for birds; caterpillars are a major component of bird diets. If you garden to attract butterflies and other insects, you’re sure to attract birds as well! Butterflies and moths are plant pollinators, including many plant species the seeds or fruits of which birds eat. And butterflies are beautiful, with colorful, fluttering flights catching the eye. In addition, the famous Monarch butterfly has long-distance migrations, a trait shared with many bird species. This workshop is an introduction to the fascinating world of butterflies. It will provide an introduction to butterfly life history and ecology, and also include some discussion of moths as well. (We also offer a Dragonfly Study Workshop in which you’ll learn about other beautiful and important insects.)
This workshop is best when paired with the Butterflies, Dragonflies, Birds – Galveston Island State Park Field Trip where you’ll have an opportunity to identify these creatures in the field.