Join RMBL and the Butterfly Pavilion in a butterfly and pollinator identification tour in Gothic, CO.
Saturday June 23rd
Session 1: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Images of butterflies are everywhere, from tech logos, to music albums. But how much do you actually know about these beautiful insects? Join Rachel Steward from the University of South Carolina to learn how to identify some of the common butterfly species flying in the East River Valley using the iNaturalist app. We will also delve into how butterflies find and choose food plants and the many ways these choices affect the lives of their caterpillar offspring.
It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket on your smart device. You simply upload a picture of the species you’re curious about and an expert will identify it for you. RMBL has created a project on iNaturalist entitled The Rocky Mountain Biological Lab Biota. When you upload your photos to this project, your geolocated photos (tagged with latitudes and longitudes) will be displayed on a map. These observations help scientists understand the distribution of species and the degree of biodiversity along with how each may change through time.