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Austin Butterfly Forum: Butterfly Farming
January 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
You’re invited to this month’s Austin Butterfly Forum: Butterfly Farming. This Monday Jan 25th. at 7pm. Visit http://austinbutterflies.org for more info.
Jan. 25, 2016, meeting: Butterfly Farming: Following a Dream (or living a nightmare), presented by Dale Clark.
A somewhat light hearted look at the joys and frustrations of the day-to-day operations of a butterfly farm. Feeding thousands of hungry mouths every day is not for the fainthearted, but despite the sometimes seemingly overwhelming odds of hunger, disease, drought and/or floods, the life of a butterfly farmer can occasionally unearth some interesting facts about the lives of the native butterflies and moths flying around Texas.
Fascinated by butterflies and moths ever since he was a child, Dale Clark turned a lifelong passion into a livelihood. In 1995 he quit his full-time “real job” and created Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm south of Dallas, TX where he began raising Texas native butterflies to sell to live butterfly exhibits at zoos all across the country, offering more than 50 species. That same year he also co-founded the Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society, a local organization which allows people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to gather who share an interest in butterflies by going on monthly field trips. As if herding thousands of caterpillars on “the ranch” wasn’t enough to keep him busy, from 2006 to 2011 he became the editor of the News of the Lepidopterists’ Society, the international news magazines of one of the oldest organizations in existence (est. 1947) devoted to the study of butterflies and moths.
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