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Update 1/25 – Due to impending inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. A rescheduled date will be announced in the future.

Update 2/7 – The event has been rescheduled to February 22, 2023. The time and location remain the same.

Today, the regal fritillary butterfly exists north of the Mississippi in exactly one place – Fort Indiantown Gap.

This royal cousin to the more famous monarch butterfly once flourished in the Northeast, but between population growth, increased farming, and the advent of modern lawnscaping, there’s just not much grassland left today for these lepidoptera.

Turns out, living on the grasslands fringe of a live-fire range is just perfect for these “monarchs dipped in chocolate.”

Read More: Fort Indiantown Gap wraps up 2022 tours of regal fritillary butterfly habitat at base

All this and more is on the agenda for Quittapahilla Audubon Society’s first event of the year.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 723 Lehman St., wildlife biologist Kayli Thomas will discuss the regal fritillary butterfly and its habitat at Fort Indiantown Gap. Thomas is part of the team that maintains the habitat out of Fort Indiantown Gap’s Bureau of Environmental Management Wildlife.

Organizers note that the church has ample, well-lit parking directly behind the church off of Spruce Street. Entering the church from the parking lot entrance will get you to the lecture quickest.

Quittapahilla Audubon Society events are open to the public, with no registration or fees required. For more information, visit QASAudubon.org.

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