Fri, Feb 7, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Monsieur Butterfly: Liam O'Brien's Life in Lepidoptery

Download audio (MP3)

Liam O'Brien
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.

Host: Dave Iverson


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

More info:

A photo of a Western Swallowtail Tigertail

Become a KQED sponsor

Audio Archive

Episodes by Date

Calendar is loading...

Be a Part of Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Twitter bird in blue

Stay updated on show topics, relevant articles, and easily submit your questions.

Subscribe to Forum


Subscribe to Forum's podcast and you'll automatically get each new episode when it becomes available. You'll never miss out!