Here are some FAQs about Idalia Society. For more information, please contact us at 816-554-1956 or mail@idaliasociety.org.

What is the origin of the name “Idalia”?
Idalia is the species name for the Regal Fritillary butterfly, as in Speyeria idalia (Drury). This species is particularly appropriate for a Midwestern organization, as it is a butterfly dependent on the prairie and the violets that grow there. Eastern tall-grass prairie is one of our most endangered habitats.

Regal Fritillary – Male. Illustration by William Howe.

Regal Fritillary – Female. Illustration by William Howe.

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 are Idalia meetings?
General Meetings are held in March, May, September, and November on the second or third Saturday. We meet at the Prairie Village Community Center, 7700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS  66208.

What is the format of our meetings?
Our meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Around 6:45, we hold a short business meeting before introducing our guest speaker around 7:00. Typically, meetings end by 8:30. Our programs are not exclusively about 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.