Photo: Erika Hyde
NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from June 8.
All materials and tools are provided in this course. You take home two beautifully pinned butterflies at the end of the session. Butterflies are sourced from a supplier for entomological research*. All levels welcome!
Get to know the butterfly species fluttering about us and their fascinating behaviours before delving into the delicate art of butterfly pinning. Be entranced by the spring-bright beauty of these winged creatures as you learn how to set, preserve, and mount two specimens to take home.
$80 members / $95 non-members
* A note from the organiser:
We want to clarify that these particular butterflies are bred for research and education, and are supplied to academia, greenhouses, schools, and conservatories with ongoing studies ranging from migration patterns, species fecundity, pollination rates, habitat preferences, and biology. These are and will continue to be important projects for our own understanding of our butterflies and how we can best protect them, especially with recent declines in their population.
Due to our own concerns about whether the butterflies were being killed solely for the program or for other “commercial” uses, we requested that the specimen we received (since we require them deceased) were only collected AFTER DEATH—as does sometimes happen before they are supplied despite a breeder’s best efforts. They are also species that have healthy wild populations. The breeder is certified by the International Butterfly Breeders Association (https://www.internationalbutterflybreeders.org), which has a mandate of raising them “for the sole purpose of letting [them] go free” and has a strong conservation focus as well as a rigorous code of ethics.
In short: we will not be killing butterflies for the class (whether from the source or in the workshop), we are not harvesting any wild butterflies for this use, nor do we hope to commercialise them for whim or profit. We believe that the opportunity to appreciate one up close—while not necessary for that connection to spark—is a chance we can offer while providing that habitat conservation education (which is the true purpose of this workshop) and for those interested, to take part in a respected practice from generations of naturalists in the past. If it proves to not meet our conservation goals, we will discontinue this workshop and hope to offer other positively impactful programs.