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Come learn the science of insect pinning and the art of butterfly shadowbox design with Butterflies LIVE! Coordinator, Clara Aus! In the first session of this two-part class, Clara will lead participants through entomological butterfly pinning techniques and share a foundation of basic butterfly knowledge. Each participant will receive 3 butterfly specimens from M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! to use for their final project, as well as all the tools and materials necessary for insect pinning. After one week of allowing the specimens to dry, participants will return for the second session where they will artistically arrange an 8″x 8″ shadowbox of their butterfly specimens. Upon completion of the project, Clara will lead participants in a guided tour of M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! and provide helpful resources for butterfly gardening, entomological pinning and butterfly/caterpillar identification.

All programs are subject to change.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Register Member $67

Register Non-Member $73

Friday, October 6, 2023 - Friday, October 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Event Details

Clara Aus

This course will take place over two separate Fridays:

  • Friday, October 6, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Friday, October 13, 5:30-6:30 pm

All materials are provided.

About the Instructor

Clara Aus is an avid bug collector and artist, having pinned hundreds of insect specimens for her personal collection as well as for Dr. Karen Kester’s VCU Bug Lab collection. A lifelong passion for insects combined with an Entomology course at VCU led her to join the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden team in 2022 as a Butterfly Educator in the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! Exhibit. In 2023, Clara became the Butterflies LIVE! Coordinator and dove deeper into the world of Entomology, especially Lepidopterans (butterflies and moths). She enjoys pollinator gardening, reading the latest Entomology research, and educating others about insects! Clara hopes to strengthen engagement with the community about how we can help native pollinators in Virginia and the surrounding states by planting native plants, being environmentally friendly, and raising awareness.