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Trained & Certified Virgina Master Naturalists


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Identification of Common NN Butterflies

  • Lancaster Community Library 16 Towne Center Drive Kilmarnock, VA (map)

Registration is now closed for the Butterfly Identification Workshop on Tuesday 16 July. All slots have been filled.

We plan on videotaping Teta Kain’s presentation at the workshop so it can be viewed remotely for those who were unable to attend the class and as a resource for learning butterfly identification to support Citizen Science projects.

The First Annual Northumberland-Lancaster Butterfly Count is slated for 30 July. To help prepare for the Butterfly Count the Northern Neck Master Naturalists are conducting a butterfly identification workshop on 16 July at the Lancaster Community Library from 9:30 to 11:30 on Tuesday 16 July. The workshop speaker will be by renowned local naturalist, photographer, and butterfly expert Teta Kain from Gloucester.

Her talk will focus on identifying and photographing the most common butterflies in our area. She also leads the annual butterfly count at Chippokes Plantation State Park. Teta is known to many as the “Empress of the Dragon” for her decades of leading kayak trips and for conservation work for the Friends of Dragon Run. She has been a wildlife photographer and has a library of over 25,000 photographs many of which are of butterflies, moths, and birds. As she likes to say “Nature study and photography have been governing forces in my life and have led me on incredible paths of adventure.” Teta, by the way, will also be a participant in the inaugural Northumberland-Lancaster Butterfly Count later in July.

The workshop is free, but request you register to attend by contacting Jeff Wright at