Counting Butterflys in Oldham County

June 24, 2009 by  
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Saturday butterfly count set for Oldham County

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s time to step up and be a counter — a butterfly counter, that is, during the annual trek this weekend to add to the national butterfly census.

University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will join with other butterfly specialists to lead the butterfly count expedition Saturday, June 27, at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.

Since the group started this survey in 1976, 70 butterfly species and more than 26,000 individual butterflies have been recorded, according to Covell.

Volunteer counters will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now–closed Brownsboro general store, which is one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville. If it rains heavily, the count will be postponed until the same time Sunday, June 28, if that day’s weather is clear.

The count is in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Children are welcome. Covell suggests that people wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch.

Covell will supply nets but volunteers also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. The data will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results.

Although Covell retired from UofL in 2004, he continues to lead the annual local effort. He now works as a curator for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity in Gainesville, Fla.

He organized the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. He wrote “Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky” and the 1984 Peterson “Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America.”

For more information, contact Covell at or 502-639-2691.



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