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Thursday, February 9th, 2023
SCHS Monthly Meeting:
Chris Cosma, PhD Candiate from UC Riverside
"Prioritizing California Native Plants
for Butterfly and Moth Conservation"
Photo provided by S. Steinmetz
For our February 9 meeting, the Southern California Horticultural Society welcomes Chris Cosma, a PhD candidate
in Dr. Nicole Rafferty’s lab in the Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Department at UC Riverside. He will
be speaking to us about his research, which focuses on how climate change is affecting moths and their
interactions with native plants in California.
Cosma will talk about how the migratory Monarch butterfly was recently declared endangered by the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and that planting milkweed – the monarch’s obligate host
plant – is critical to protecting the species from extinction in the face of climate change and other threats. He will
also address the greater problem facing hundreds of other declining Western U.S. butterfly species, including
moths – which are ten times more diverse than butterflies – and how each species depends on specific native
plant species throughout its life cycle: host plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for adults.
Alongside his research, Cosma has developed a web application called The Butterfly Net that helps people find
the best native host and nectar plants for butterflies and moths based on locations within California. This tool
also shows “keystone” species of native plants that provide stability to entire insect communities. In his talk,
Cosma explains the science behind The Butterfly Net and how to use the tool to help protect butterflies, moths,
and the important services they provide.
If you’re still trying to decide what new plants to add to your garden, this program might aid you in making your
choices. Please join us in-person or online for this fascinating presentation.
Held in-person at the Friendship Auditorium
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / Announcements at 7:10 p.m. /
Plant Forum at 7:15 p.m. / Program begins 7:30 p.m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOTE: This program will be in-person. For the safety of our guests (and in keeping with recent L.A. City Health Dept. guidelines) we strongly recommend that guests have updated vaccine status and that masks be worn indoors.
Visit our Past Meetings page to re-watch previously recorded in-person meetings and webinars, download each meeting write-up, and reference any materials provided by our speakers.
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Other Events and NewsThursday, February 9:
Chris Cosma, PhD candidate from UC Riverside, will speak on "Prioritizing California Native Plants for Butterfly and Moth Conservation" (Live and Online)
Thursday, March 9:
Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee's Garden seed company, will speak on "Garden to Table from Seed" (Live and Online)
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