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The Idalia Society of Mid-American Lepidopterists strives to offer a website that anticipates and satisfies our visitors questions. With that goal in mind, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). If you don’t find an answer to your question here, please contact us at 816-554-1956 or

Some FAQ’s about our organization

Where does the name ‘Idalia’ come from?
Idalia is the species name for the Regal Fritillary butterfly, as in Speyeria idalia (Drury)

Who (or what) are lepidopterists?
Lepidoptera (from Latin, meaning ‘scaly wing’) is the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. Lepidopterists are those folks who study, watch and collect them.

When and Where does your organization meet?
The Idalia Society meets in March, May, September, and November on the second Saturday. We meet at the Prairie Village (KS) Community Center.
7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208

What is the format of your meetings?
Our meetings begin at 5:30PM with a potluck dinner. Around 6:45, we hold a short business meeting before introducing our guest speaker at 7:00. Typically, we’re finished by 8:30. Our programs are not exclusively on lepidoptera. For example, we’ve had guests speak on insect evolution, gardening for the benefit of butterflies and the natural history of caves and prairie communities.

How do I join Idalia?
Membership dues are $10.00 per calendar year for individuals / families, $5.00 for students. Open the ‘Join Idalia’ page and print and complete the form. Members receive an email with an attachment, in .pdf format, of our newsletter which is published 2-3 times per year

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