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The biology of butterflies’ tops lecture series

— Biology and Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest will lead off the Winter Biology Lecture Series, beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, 2018, on the Yakima Valley College campus.

Dr. David James, an Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University Experimental Center, Prosser, will hold his lecture in Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Parker Room.

Admission is free and open to the community.

James developed a passion for entomology at the age of eight in England by rearing caterpillars in his bedroom.

He studied Zoology at the University of Salford, near Manchester, then migrated to Australia to work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture on ways of controlling agricultural pests.

He earned a PhD from Macquarie University by studying the winter biology of monarch butterflies in Sydney, Australia.

In 1999, he became an Associate Professor at Washington State University at Prosser and worked on conservation biological control of insect and mite pests of hops and grapes.

Currently, he is working on sustainability of integrated pest management (IPM) and conservation biological control in viticulture, insect, and monarch butterfly conservation and community research and education projects.

In this talk, James will present information on the rapidly evolving new understanding of monarch butterfly biology and ecology in the Pacific Northwest.

He will focus on the results of five years of citizen scientist-aided tagging of monarchs. James is also expected to discuss the importance of creating butterfly habitat in Washington gardens, parks, and natural areas to help reverse population decline among this species.

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