SATYRIUM SYLVINUM sits on Apocynum cannabidum or Indianhemp dogbane and is seen commonly in the Eldorado National Forest. Photo by Greg Kareofelas


Discover butterflies of the Sierra Nevada

By From page B1 | July 18, 2014

What: “Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Their Plant Interactions”
Who: El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
Where: Planning Commission Room, Building C of the El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville

When: Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Cost: No charge

Information: or

The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents “Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Their Plant Interactions” Tuesday, July 22. The talk and slide presentation is by Greg Kareofelas, volunteer naturalist at University of California, Davis’ Bohart Museum of Entomology.

An active member of both the California Native Plant Society and the Lepidopterist (butterflies) Society, Kareofelas has been studying butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Coastal ranges for more than 30 years.

His talk will focus on how plants and butterflies interact and why, including an overview of some of the most common butterflies in the El Dorado County area.

The talk will be beautifully illustrated with slides and live scans of various species from his vast collection. His talk will also touch upon butterfly life history, diversity and how to best observe and identify them.

He’ll also give pointers on starting a butterfly garden and suggestions for attracting more butterflies to an existing garden. He’ll even explain how to raise butterflies.

The public is invited to bring photos or specimens (already collected — please don’t kill or capture any unnecessarily) to identify after the meeting.

Kareofelas will also provide his thoughts on how drought and climate change may affect butterflies and why we should be concerned; how to get close enough to photograph a butterfly; and why butterflies gather in large numbers at wet spots along a trail or edge of a stream.

Kareofelas’ primary “lepidopterist” studies have focused primarily on the Central Coast range of California as well as the Sierra Nevada. His data have been shared with and used by researchers and scientists at the University of California, Davis and other scientific institutions. Many of his images can be seen on the Bohart Museum Website.

In addition to butterflies, Kareofelas takes time to study dragonflies and damselflies. He also manages to find time to restore World War II military vehicles and studies the history of Oriental coinage, western mechanic tool companies and 17th century English and American locks —a true Renaissance man of the 21st century.

This talk also marks a new meeting location for the El Dorado Chapter of CNPS meetings and presentations. The new location is the Planning Commission Room, Building C of the El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville.

“Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Their Plant Interactions” presentation is Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 7 p.m. with native plant news and identification of currently blooming species, upcoming field trips and other announcements. Free homemade refreshments will be served.

The presentation is free and open to the public. No prior knowledge of either plants or insects is needed to enjoy the presentation.

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Tripp Mikich

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