“Butterflies of Cascadia: Life Histories and Conservation”
Sunday, April 23
with Dr. David G. James
Doors open at noon for book signing and plant sales
Lecture begins at 1 pm
NPA members free/Nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 98005
Cascadia, or the Pacific Northwest, is home to more than 160 species of butterflies. In this entertaining lecture, the intimate life histories of a number of these species will be revealed, demonstrating that caterpillars can be just as interesting as the butterflies they eventually become! The importance of conserving our butterflies will be explored and highlighted as well as things that anyone with a garden can do to help preserve these iconic winged jewels.
David James developed a passion for entomology at the age of eight in England by rearing caterpillars in his bedroom. He studied Zoology at the University of Salford near Manchester, and then migrated to Australia to work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture on ways of controlling agricultural pests. A Ph.D. on the winter biology of Monarch butterflies in Sydney followed and a career as a biocontrol scientist in horticulture blossomed. In 1999 he became an Associate Professor at Washington State University at Prosser.
In 2011 David co-authored and published a widely acclaimed book “Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies,” which renowned British naturalist David Attenborough called “magisterial.” He will have copies of his book available for purchase and signing at the lecture.