Don’t miss Javier Deleon’s presentation, Caterpillars! A Closer Look

A caterpillar for the Heiligbrodt’s Mesquite Moth, courtesy of Javier Deleon.Interesting and lesser-known facts about caterpillars will be the focus of Frontera Audubon Society and the Weslaco Public Library’s 5th installment of the Summer Nature Talks, Backyard and Beyond: Nature Discoveries at Home and Across the World. Javier Deleon, Nature Resource Specialist at Bentsen State Park, will host “Caterpillars! A Closer Look” this Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Braught Theater next to the Library at 525 S. Kansas Ave. The weekly events are free to the public and will run through August 9th.

Audience members will learn about how caterpillars move, some adaptations that help caterpillars survive, and some of the dangers they face as they grow and get ready for the next stages of their life cycle. The family-friendly presentation will also include images of some of the more attractive local caterpillars and information about where to find caterpillars in our area.

“With so much attention on butterflies, caterpillars sometimes don’t get the attention they deserve,” Deleon says. “The stages of their life cycle have always been intriguing to me, and we will explore some interesting tidbits about these creatures.”

Sarah Williams, Executive Director of Frontera Audubon Society, says Deleon’s presentation will offer something for all age groups.

“Javier has infectious enthusiasm for nature and loves to educate people in an entertaining, hands-on way,” Williams says. “I always learn something new when I hear him speak.”

Deleon began observing and photographing caterpillars while he worked at the National Butterfly Center (NABA) south of Mission. He has also worked with as the Interpretive Naturalist at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center before obtaining his current position at Bentsen State Park. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan American, and his other interests include native plants and local butterflies, birds, and dragonflies.

For more information on the Summer Nature Talks Series, contact Frontera Audubon at (956)968-3275 or email For updates, visit


Caterpillars! A Closer Look with Javier De Leon
Tuesday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Braught Theater, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

Nature and History Collide with Larry Lof
Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Braught Theater, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

Butterflies Here and Beyond with Mike Rickard
Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
Braught Theater, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

Rio Grande Valley Nature Through My Eyes with Martin Hagne
Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Braught Theater, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco


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One response to “Don’t miss Javier Deleon’s presentation, Caterpillars! A Closer Look

  1. Clyde C. Bauman, Jr.

    I’m a school teacher and from time-to-time someone will bring in a really huge catepillar (usually a boy). It nevers fails to fascinate the class, and me. What sort of miller or butterfly do they become? Like the one in the picture?

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