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Virtual program about butterflies hosted by MDC July 9

By Francis Skalicky

Courtesy of MDC

JOPLIN, Mo. – Butterflies bring visual pleasure as these brightly colored insects flutter through our yards and pastures. They also play important roles as pollinators.

The Swallowtail butterfly is one of several types of butterflies that can be found in this area. (Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy MDC)

People can learn more about these interesting insects in a free virtual program 10-11 a.m. conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff on July 9. Through this free program, “Intro to Missouri Butterflies,” people will learn how to identify species of butterflies frequently seen in this region, their life cycles and what native plants are best for attracting them.

Although it is a free program, registration is required to participate.

Registrants must provide an e-mail address so a program link can be sent to them. Registrants will be able to log-in 10 minutes prior to class start time. These programs will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with presenters.

Register for this program at:


For more information, contact MDC Naturalist Kim Banner at Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov

(link sends e-mail)

Information about the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center can be obtained by calling 417-629-3434.

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