Butterflies to be counted, photographed at annual Encounter

July 9, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Butterfly enthusiasts of all ages can learn about identifying, protecting and photographing regional butterflies at the annual Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter.

The Encounter will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 at the Evonik Degussa Wildlife Habitat Area, 1650 Lilly Road, Lafayette.

The morning session will feature an insect photography workshop led by photography consultant Gene White, an alumnus of the Purdue University Department of Entomology. The workshop is designed for novice to intermediate photographers and includes instruction and practice time.

Afternoon activities include an introduction to butterflies of Indiana and a butterfly count. Purdue entomologists will help participants identify and record species of butterflies and discuss their biology, habitats, conservation and protection. Participants will tabulate their records at the end of the day.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available south of the main entrance at Evonik Degussa Corp.; signs will be posted on Lilly Road.

In case of bad weather, the event will be canceled. For more information, contact Melissa Shepson at 765-494-0997 or mshepson@purdue.edu, or visit the Butterfly Encounter webpage at https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/butterflycount/index.html

The Encounter is sponsored by Evonik Degussa and Purdue University Entomology.

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402, jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Source: Melissa Shepson, 765-494-0997, mshepson@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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