San Francisco tries to change the conditions that once made it famous for butterfly extinction
What most of us call “butterflies” are in fact just the fleeting last life stage of a creature with only one remaining purpose.
Dramatic insect declines argue for more time outdoors with a collector’s net, not less, writes lepidopterist Liam O’Brien.
Butterfly experts guard their secret spots like fishermen. When a friend takes Liam O’Brien to his “spot,” the writer finds himself in a scene from Nabokov.
How does a Broadway actor become San Francisco’s go-to lepidopterist? Liam O’Brien explains.
Monarch butterflies are often found in huge clusters on eucalyptus trees. Why do they seemingly prefer these non-natives?
A San Francisco reader wonders about the bright orange-red butterfly he recently spotted in his backyard.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions — or sometimes, with milkweed.
Doesn’t get much better for eye candy than a butterfly on a flower, right?
The Bay Area is home to a surprising variety of butterflies, moths, and skippers; local artist and avid lepidopterist Liam O’Brien gets outside with his field journal whenever he can, to record them with his unusual mixture of drawing, painting, collage, and writing. A beautiful sunny day out in the oak savanna of Mount Diablo brought two rare species into view, and onto the pages of Liam’s notebook.