Plant Society to focus on butterflies

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Butterflies NOT Named Monarch” will be the topic of the next meeting of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Craig Hensley, of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will give the free presentation, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 North Milam St.

A social will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7.

“As temperatures cool, butterfly migrations wing their way through Central Texas,” a spokesman said. “Monarchs get all the press, but the Hill Country boasts a myriad of other glorious butterflies that deserve respect.”

Hensley is a Texas Nature Trackers biologist who will talk about the rich diversity of butterflies in the Hill Country.

“From skippers to swallowtails, more than 100 species of butterflies relish the nectar of native wildflowers,” the spokesman said.

Hensley will explore behavior and survival needs, tips for identification and give examples of native plants that attract butterflies.

He has a master’s degree in zoology, is a former park interpreter at Guadalupe River State Park and now works with the TPWD’s Wildlife Diversity Program.

For more information, contact Diane Armbrust at npsotfbgpres@gmail.com .