Liam O'Brien

Liam O’Brien was a successful actor just back in San Francisco after years of performing in “Les Miserables” on Broadway when he became entranced by a butterfly fluttering in his backyard. That butterfly — a Western Tiger Swallowtail — sparked an obsession that would change the course of his life. O’Brien has spent the last few decades learning everything about local butterflies and moths, and championing their preservation. O’Brien joins us as part of our First Person series highlighting the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.

A photo of a Western Swallowtail Tigertail

Monsieur Butterfly: Liam O’Brien’s Life in Lepidoptery 7 February,2014forum

Liam O'Brien, lepidopterist, conservationist, illustrator and author

  • Strandwolf

    Our childhoods were similar…creeks. To this day, 50 years later I can see in my mind’s eye the patterns/colors of the buckeye, painted lady, red admiral, mourning cloak, monarch, skipper, lol. Great show.

  • RenĂ©e Collins

    The Butterfly is Art that flies in your face. Literally

    What hosting plants would be good for Palo Alto?

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