Butterflies and Moths and the Native Plants that Sustain Them (Members Only)

Date: Monday, July 12th, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: TBA (map and directions)


Life histories and the importance of various Illinois native butterflies and moths will be illustrated in this program by Sue Dees Hargrove.  Descriptions and growing suggestions of their native larval host plants and adult nectar plants will be presented and and information regarding how to rear caterpillars will also be shared.  Sue will bring handouts, examples of suggested resource books , and, if possible, caterpillars she is raising. 

Presenter Bio:

Susan Dees Hargrove has served as a biologist for the Illinois Dept. of Transportation since 1994, reviewing 300+ proposed projects annually for their potential impacts to endangered species and wetlands.  She serves as Science Committee chair for Illinois Monarch Project, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign-Monarch Joint Venture Communications task force member, Nationwide Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Energy and Transportation Lands teams, advisory panel member for NCHRP 20-119 grant, “Evaluating the Suitability of Roadway Corridors for Use by Monarch Butterflies.”   She co-chairs IDOT Central Office employee adopt-a-planter efforts using native pollinator plants and raising monarch butterflies.  She assisted in the development of a new IDOT pollinator seed mix utilizing several milkweed species.   She educates the public via speaking engagements to various audiences, including the Illinois State Fair.   She assisted in IDOT’s efforts that won the agency the 2018 North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Roadside Managers Award.  She received 1995 and 2011 Roadside Beautification Awards from IDOT and The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.   She has studied insects, especially butterflies and moths, for 50+ years and gardened for pollinators for 30 years.  She managed family woodlands for invasive exotic plant species for 15 years.  She has been involved with various local “green groups,” especially Illinois Native Plant Society, for several decades.

Members will receive details on the location of this program and details on registering for it. Space is limited.



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