The Ohio Lepidopterists (TOL) promote butterfly gardening in Ohio as a way of educating the public about the beauty and importance of Lepidoptera. The Butterfly Gardening Committee offers a chance for butterfly gardeners to share their gardens with others. Members of TOL are encouraged to register their butterfly gardens with TOL. Members who register their gardens receive a beautiful certificate of registration (click here to see an example of the certificate). Persons who wish to register their gardens should contact:
Valerie Passoa or Dave Parshall
Part of the mission of The Ohio Lepidopterists is to educate the public about the aesthetic and scientific importance of butterflies and moths to Ohioans. The Speakers/Presenters Committee provides speakers free of charge to interested organizations and groups in Ohio. To arrange a speaker for your group please contact Dave Parshall.
In 1993 The Ohio Lepidopterists formed a partnership with The Ohio Department of Natural
Resources' Division of Wildlife to
promote and staff the Division's butterfly house at The Ohio State Fair. Each August members
of The Ohio Lepidopterists volunteer to work at the butterfly house and have a great time meeting the public and
sharing information about Ohio's butterflies. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact:
Valerie Passoa or Dave Parshall.
The Ohio Lepidopterists sponsor a group for butterfly observers known as the Butterfly Observers Group (or BOG). The Butterfly Observers Group meets every other month. Each meeting features a program on butterflies, moths or a nature related program. Some previous programs have been on butterfly gardening, caterpillars, Lepidoptera lifecycle, dragonflies and where to look for butterflies. During "flight months," (April to October) the Butterfly Observer Group plans two field trips a month. View our 2019 schedule of field events here.
A very nice easy-to-assemble display is available for meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. This is a table top display designed to show the many programs and benefits of The Ohio Lepidopterists. Fliers and handouts are also available. For more information on Portable Displays, contact