"Giant Silk Moths: Chautauqua’s Lavish Night Flyer"
Speaker/Guide: Lori Stralow Harris
Butterfly farmer and Art-in-Nature Educator
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
With a wingspan of up to 5 inches, it is often amazing that we miss some of the most spectacular yet common Lepidoptera in our region. We’ll take a look at luna, cecropia, polyhemus, and promethean moths that live among us, and their impact on birds, bats, and our gardens.
Lori Harris opened Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2013 to provide her community with more opportunities for backyard nature encounters. Her BFA in painting and MA in interdisciplinary arts have contributed to the farm’s art-in-nature curriculum. In 2015 Lori planted butterfly habitat in a local retirement community and began the popular adopt-a-caterpillar program among seniors. Lori belongs to the Association for Butterflies, and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Her first book, Butterfly Birthday, was released this year with great response from the Monarch conservation community (and the preschoolers in her Montessori classroom). Lori lives in Western Springs, IL with her husband, Mark.