This week eButterfly co-director and VCE research associate Katy Prudic is at the White House in Washington, D.C. where she was invited to a small White House conference called Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People. The meeting is focusing on the new federal citizen science toolkit and other crowdsourcing sites like eButterfly.
Katy demonstrated the eButterfly site in her office last week as she looked up species one might encounter on the White House lawn and gardens — Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and the Red-spotted Purple, to name a few. First lady Michelle Obama might want to keep an eye out for the cabbage white butterfly in her kitchen garden, she said. They feed on cabbages, broccoli and kale.