Butterflies to be counted, appreciated at annual Encounter

July 1, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - People of all ages can celebrate the beauty of butterflies and learn about identifying, protecting and attracting them at the annual Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter.

The Encounter will be held July 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the Evonik Corp. Tippecanoe Laboratories Wildlife Habitat Area, 1650 Lilly Road, Lafayette.

"No previous butterfly knowledge is necessary, and everyone from the novice to the expert is welcome and encouraged to attend," said Jon Neal, associate professor of entomology.

Neal will begin the program with a brief introduction to Indiana butterflies. Entomologists then 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 program.

The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks for participants will be provided.

In the event of rain, the event will be canceled.

More information is available on the Butterfly Encounter website at http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/butterflycount/index.html.  

The event is sponsored by Evonik and Purdue's Department of Entomology.

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu

Source: Jon Neal, 765-494-4594, jneal@purdue.edu

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