Capture9The Mason Farm Butterfly Project

The Mason Farm Butterfly Project is a collaboration between Joel Kingsolver’s Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The goal of the project is to collect butterfly observations recorded by citizen scientists at Mason Farm Biological Reserve in Chapel Hill. These observations allow us to make inferences about changes in local butterfly phenology and abundance. More information about the project, as well as guidelines for how to get involved, can be found on our website.


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photo: Elsa Youngsteadt

Bugfest is an annual event hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Each year, over 30,000 visitors attend Bugfest to celebrate the world of arthropods. In 2017, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Irwin Lab, and Sorenson Lab ran a booth to introduce Bugfest attendees to the fascinating interactions between carnivorous plants and insects.