This course will discuss the basic nature of butterflies: origins, global survival tactics, the importance of migrations, enemies/defenses, anatomy and continental variations. The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of the Carolinas--species from all five major families will be discussed with emphasis on larval and adult food sources, with actual specimens available for close-up examination. The final session of the class will meet at the Butterfly House in the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. There will be an additional charge of $12 for this visit. At the Butterfly House you will have a chance to apply what you've learned in our class. Together we'll have a chance to practice our ability to identify the species we're observing, and learn more about butterfly behavior and evolution. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Field Trip(s).