Meet Members

LENORA LARSON is a K-State Extension Master Gardener and Kansas native plant enthusiast. Lenora has a degree in microbiology, a past career in molecular biology, and a lifelong interest in “all things creepy and crawly”. Her garden in Paola, Kansas is certified as butterfly and wildlife habitat by the Xerces Society, National Wildlife Federation, MonarchWatch, and the North American Butterfly Association. Lenora writes about butterflies for three different publications and is a frequent speaker to gardening and nature groups. Her stated mission is “to demonstrate to other gardeners that you do NOT have to compromise on beauty or functionality when inviting wildlife to share your garden”.


BETSY BETROS has had a lifelong interest in nature, especially insects. After earning an entomology degree at Colorado State University, she served as an Environmental Science instructor at Johnson County Community College and in regulatory posts with Johnson County’s Environmental Services. Her love of photography and insects culminated in the publication of her highly regarded book, A Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies in the Kansas City Region (2008). She is now retired, certified as a Kansas Master Naturalist, and is currently expanding her collection of photographs of moths and dragonflies. She also enjoys finding unusual insects in her prairie and sharing their photographs on