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Tuesday, April 4 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for a spectacular display of tropical rainforest butterflies and moths, many collected by presenter, Steve Fratello during his numerous expeditions. Differences between butterflies and moths, tropical rainforest climate and geography, insect body parts, predation, camouflage, life-cycle and other topics will be discussed.
Steve Fratello graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Basic Sciences and a minor in Atmospheric Sciences. After serving as a military officer, his lifelong passion for butterflies and other aspects of nature and natural history led to a very different life as an explorer/naturalist in the world’s tropical rainforests. He has led a number of major lepidoptera expeditions for the Smithsonian and Field Museums and has brought back valuable scientific material, including a number of species new to science.