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.