The importance of native plant communities is perhaps best illustrated by the butterflies and moths, whose larvae depend on native plants, and in turn provide essential food for birds and other wildlife. While the monarch butterfly and milkweed have become icons, these barely hint at the complex community of plants and insects. The Roston Native Butterfly House immerses volunteers and visitors in the surprising and beautiful lives of the little things that run the world.
Dr. Chris Barnhart is Distinguished Professor emeritus at Missouri State University. He studies the conservation-related biology of mollusks and butterflies and collaborates with agencies concerned with endangered species restoration and aquatic toxicology. Chris and his wife Debra curate the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will be 45 minutes including a question and answer session. The webinar will be recorded, and sent to all registrants as well as posted to our YouTube channel.
You can now view the recording of this webinar on our YouTube channel:
Photo by Mervin Wallace.