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Support The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

Your gift, large and small, will help secure the continuation and future growth of Nebraska Master Naturalist Program. By making a donation of $15 or more contributed between now and June 30th, you will receive a copy of the "Common Butterflies of the Central Platte River Valley" guide. This wonderful guide was developed by Nebraska Master Naturalist, Jonathan Nikkila and Nebraska Master Naturalist Instructor Neil Dankert.

It is a colorful, thorough and easy to follow guide to the butterflies of Central Nebraska is small enough to fit in your pocket and complete enough to cover nearly every species you will encounter in this region. See selected images from the guide below.

In addition to high-quality, color photographs, the images are presented life-size to aid with field identification. In many cases, there are clear arrows pointing out specific parts about the butterfly descriptions. Finally, the butterflies are sorted by color and size to make it easy to compare similar looking species.

While it is dedicated to the Central Platte River Valley, many of the butterflies here are found statewide, particularly in the Eastern portion of the state. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a sample view.

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If you would like multiple copies please contact

Matt Jones

State Program Director

Your donation is tax-deductible! The Nebraska Master Naturalist Foundation (NMNF) is a Nebraska non-profit corporation, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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Sample of The Common Butterflies of the Central Platte River Valley

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