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The ‘Blue’ Butterflies — Workshop with Peter Samson
3 December, 9:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Join Brisbane Catchments Network (BCN) for an extraordinary workshop with a focus on the large group of Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks and Azures, all members of the Lycaenid.
This will be of special interest to all our butterfly enthusiasts, especially those who are intrigued by the small butterflies and are keen to learn more about them. You may know that many Lycaenids have an unusual association with ants where both partners benefit. We have observed during field events how Imperial Hairstreak larvae and pupae are attended and ‘guarded’ by their ant partners, but this phenomenon or rather this interdependency exists much more often than we tend to take note of. Here is your chance to gain or brush up on your knowledge.
Our workshop will be highly valuable for our citizen science efforts to better understand nature’s interactions.
We are delighted to have entomologist Dr Peter Samson introducing us to our largest butterfly family. Now retired, Peter spent most of his career helping to manage insect pests in the sugarcane industry while based in Bundaberg, Mackay and Brisbane. For many years Peter has also had a hobby interest in butterflies, particularly recording and photographing their life histories. His research focus currently lies with the Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks and Azures. Peter is a gifted speaker who will make our workshop a very enjoyable and rich experience.