The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly and Conservation Breeding Program

The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly and Conservation Breeding Program

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Date(s) - 29/Apr/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly and Conservation Breeding Program

The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly is a coastal BC species on the brink of extinction. Many years of habitat restoration and collaboration between various partners, including Wildlife Preservation Canada, have led to some exciting progress in preventing the loss of this species from Canadian habitats. As of 2020, a new population is being established in restored habitat, which is quite ground-breaking in the world of insect conservation.

Michelle Polley is the technologist for the captive breeding program of the species, operated by Wildlife Preservation Canada. She maintains the captive population and oversees the production of Taylor’s Checkerspots that are released into the wild, in the effort to recolonize their former range.

The Taylor’s checkerspot’s habitat needs, adaptations and lifecycle will be discussed in detail. The presentation will also include a biological perspective on butterfly and caterpillar colouration and defense mechanisms, allowing insight into the wild and beautiful appearance of many of the insects we encounter.

This presentation will be aired via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the weekly e-News. To join the talk on Thursday, click on that link after 7:15 pm. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm. Non-members are welcome and should Email laura@NatureVancouver.ca well in advance to register for the link.

 

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