LES April 23rd Meeting Speaker

The Lorquin Entomological Society's meeting will be on Friday April 23rd 2010 at BioQuip. The speaker will be Dr. Jana Johnson who teaches biology at Moorpark College.

Jana Johnson M.S., Ph.D.is one of the leading animal conservationists in the United States. She was one of 29 animal conservationists who was
nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

Dr. Johnson is a native of Austin, Texas. She is the founder of The Butterfly Project, a cooperative effort between Moorpark College and The Urban Wildlands Group, which serves as an I.C.U. for endangered butterflies. She has helped the Palos Verdes Blue butterfly population over the past three years with her students to grow from a presumed extinct, to a mere 200 to 10,000. Many of these butterflies have been released back into the wild. The Palos Verdes Blue was first listed in 1980 as a Federally Endangered Species with Critical habitat.

The Palos Verdes Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) is a relative of our more commonly encountered “Southern Blue” or “Silvery Blue” (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) and the now extinct Xerces Blue (G.l. xerces.) There are some 18 or more described subspecies / populations in the grouping. Although nominate lygdamus is from Pennsylvania and the species ranges from Alaska to Nova Scotia, it is primarily a Western species and only known sparingly East of the Continental Divide. This is one of the first Blues to be seen in the spring.

Palos Verdes Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesenis)

Pictures and biography courtesy of Jana Johnson and the "Network"


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