NABA Field Trips in South Florida

anne kilmer viceroy at
Mon May 22 03:20:04 EDT 2000

I don't like to have my name added to a NABA-bashing episode. I would
like to point out that the Brodkins and I, who have articulated our
distress at this incident, are NABA members, active in the organization. 
I cannot imagine that any NABA officers would approve of vandalism. 
Anne Kilmer

Cris Guppy & Aud Fischer wrote:
> Like Anne I doubt that this was a childish prank. It seems more likely to be
> deliberate destruction to prevent Leroy from collecting with the trap. Since
> it was a NABA organized field trip, lead by NABA leaders, and the motivation
> to destroy the trap likely resulted from NABA's anti-collecting attitude, an
> apology from NABA seems to be in order.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leptraps at <Leptraps at>
> To: LEPS-L at <LEPS-L at>
> Cc: robert.beiriger at <robert.beiriger at>;
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> Date: May 21, 2000 7:09 PM
> Subject: RE: NABA Field Trips in South Florida
> >I have never directly attacked NABA nor it's members, I was once a member
> >myself. I have gladly provided information to a member organizing the field
> >trips. This information is the result of hours of field work collecting and
> >observing Lepidoptera.
> >
> >I received several telephone calls Sunday evening informing me that during
> >one of the field trips to an area near Port Mayaca in Martin County, a
> >location that I provided, NABA members found several of my bait traps, one
> of
> >which they destroyed and others were taken.
> >
> >I received permission from the land owner to collect and hang bait trap,
> and
> >even allow others, (NABA) to look for butterflies. What a wonderful reward
> >one receive when he helps those who claim not to be opposed to collecting.
> My
> >efforts to survey the Lepidoptera of South Florida requires time, effort
> and
> >money. The results of those efforts are a record of what occurs in south
> >Florida. My trap work along the Sugar Ridge of Lake Okeechobee (The Sugar
> >Ridge extends from west of the town of Okeechobee all the way into northern
> >Palm Beach County) has produced 533 species of Butterflies and moths in
> Bait
> >Traps, Light Traps and Pheromone Traps. I, along with Bob Beiriger and Dave
> >Fine have put forth a great effort to monitor the traps and record the
> >species that are collected in the traps. May I also make note that Bait
> Traps
> >are live traps. Only selected individuals are taken for records.
> >
> >I believe that the action of the NABA members responsible for destroying
> and
> >taking my bait traps are a childish prank and demonstrate a total lack of
> >responsibility. They act like children! It shows their true face to serious
> >Lepidopterists''. This is my reward for freely giving help to insure that
> >NABA members have a great meeting.
> >
> >I am sure that this will stir the coals and fuel the fires over the
> >collecting issue. I apologize if it does.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >
> >Leroy C. Koehn
> >6085 Wedgewood Village Circle
> >Lake Worth, FL 33463-7371
> >Hm: 561-966-1655
> >Cell: 561-301-4215
> >E-mail: Leptraps at
> >
> >
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