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Natural History Society of Maryland

Butterflies in Maryland, Common, Rare and Unique (online and in-person)

  • 24 Aug 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD, Online via Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • NHSM believes there should be no barriers to education. If you can’t pay, that’s okay. If you can pay, great.

    If you can pay more, please do, so this kind of education can continue.


There are around 17,500 species of butterflies in the world, 750 species in the United States, and  Maryland plays home to over 150 species of butterflies and skippers. At the August meeting of the NHSM Lep Club, Robert Gardner will help you get a better understanding of the scope and breadth of these winged beauties through his personal collections, tell you where you might find them, and answer questions. As is typical for this time of year, the meeting will include a caterpillar and plant swap. Bring some to share.

Robert Gardener has  been collecting for a major part of 65 of my 75 years. Robert is retired and a Vietnam Veteran. While serving, Robert collected and sent home moths and butterflies from the front lines. He has also collected in Colorado, extensively in the southwest, mid-Atlantic, north east and extensively in Minnesota and Iowa.  Robert has 2 children and 8 grandchildren and lives with his wife in Whitemarsh.

NOTE: This meeting will be hybrid meaning you may attend in person at the museum or tune in online via Zoom. Please select your preference when checking out.
All are welcome. If you love butterflies and moths, consider joining the Lep Club.  The Lep Club, is made up of novice and expert lepidopterists who meet to exchange knowledge and support concerning habitat, threats, food sources, identification, and life cycle of butterflies and moths. Club meetings encourage a sharing of knowledge for the raising and breeding of moths and butterflies through hands-on lessons and guest speakers. Club members are also involved in outreach in the greater Baltimore community through educational programs and service projects. Club meetings feature a guest speaker that share their knowledge on a topic related to moths and butterflies as well as time to distribute caterpillars and eggs.
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The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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