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Massachusetts Butterfly Club

A Chapter of the
North American Butterfly Association

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                        * * * * 34 Years!!!! * * * *
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club is celebrating our 34th year! To see a brief history of the club and how it began, click here.

                       * * * SAVE THE DATE! * * *
The Spring meeting of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will be held at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester on
                  Saturday, April 13th.
       (You can attend either live or by Zoom.)
To register for the Zoom meeting (5:15 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.), visit . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

4:00 P.M. - Doors open and book swap (bring a book, take a book)
[Please note that Broad Meadow Brook will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and that everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy the sanctuary before the meeting.]
4:30 P.M. - Pot Luck Dinner (bring a dish to share) To help us reduce waste, please bring your own dishes and silverware.
5:15 P.M. - Welcome, a short business meeting and updates from members
6:00 P.M. - Main Speaker (Garry Kessler and Michael Newton)
      "Updating the State of Massachusetts Butterflies"
6:45 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. - Wrap up and clean up

We have a new supply of hats and we are reordering t-shirts. We hope to have them in time for the Spring meeting. All hats and shirts that are available will be at the Spring meeting.

The Fall meeting of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club was held at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester on Saturday, October 14th. Click on this link 2023 Fall Meeting to see highlights of the meeting.

              * * * Rare butterfly seen after restoration * * *
MassWildlife staff recently discovered a frosted elfin caterpillar at Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area after 2 decades of habitat restoration at the site. This exciting find is evidence that these efforts are paying off. See this link for more information.

                       * * * Hats and T-shirts * * *
We have a few new official Massachusetts Butterfly Club T-shirts available for purchase. We also have a new supply of Hats.
Please click on the Club Merchandise link on the left menu.

On December 3 we hosted Robert Gallardo speaking on Butterflies of Honduras. Robert is building a nature reserve and working on a complete guide to Honduran butterflies, and has made several discoveries of new species in the process. A link to the recording of this talk is here:

If you wish to receive news about the soon to be published Guide to the Butterflies of Honduras, sign up at this link:

                        **** Please Donate ****

The Massachusetts Butterfly Club sponsors state-wide butterfly activities to promote education, conservation, interpretation, and fun! We invite people of all ages and levels of expertise to attend our meetings, programs, field trips, and butterfly counts and to become members of our club.

If you care about our butterflies and the club's efforts to support them, please consider making a donation to our club.
Click on this link to see how you can donate.

                  *****  Butterflying Code of Ethics  *****
The Massachusetts Butterfly Club has adopted a Butterflying Code of Ethics. You can find the document under Club Information on the left menu.

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If you wish to receive periodic e-mail messages about butterflies in Massachusetts and to report your own butterfly sightings, consider joining the MassLep list server. Butterfly watchers from around the state send messages listing the butterflies they see, describing butterfly behavior, posing questions, and answering them. Joining the list server is a great way to find out what's flying and to get to know others who share your interests!

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    *****  Report your sightings to our Records Compiler   *****

If you do not report your sightings on MassLep or Facebook and would like to report your sightings to our records compiler directly, you can download the spreadsheet below and email to Mark Fairbrother at

            Sightings Report spreadsheet

Note: Please DO NOT use this form if you report your sightings on MassLep or Facebook.

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