Whether large and small, brightly colored and camouflaged, butterflies and moths are not only beautiful, but are also ecologically important as pollinators. Join Betsy Leppo, an Invertebrate Zoologist at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and PA Natural Heritage Program to talk about native Pennsylvania butterflies and moths and the impact that human development has had on the Lepidoptera population.
Betsy Leppo has worked with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program for over 25 years. Betsy conducts surveys for terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, maintains in-house specimen collections and databases, and develops conservation recommendations for species and habitats. Betsy has recently been working on research in support of status assessments and conservation activities for two globally rare pollinators; the frosted elfin (Callophrys irus) and the Appalachian grizzled skipper (Pyrgus wyandot), two of Pennsylvania’s rarest butterfly species which have been identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) at both the state and regional level. Betsy is currently a member of the Association of State Wetland Managers, the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, the Entomological Society of Pennsylvania, the Friends of Pinchot State Park, and the Pennsylvania Biological Survey’s Invertebrate Technical Committee.
Presentations will start at 12:15 PM and will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a question and answer period.
The State Museum has reopened with limited hours and with limited timed tickets. Visit statemuseumpa.org/reopening for more information regarding reopening.
Sessions will be presented over Zoom and are free, but registration is required. Once registration is complete, attendees will receive an attendance link and password for all of the sessions listed.