About Backyard Butterflies

Backyard Butterflies was founded in April 2018 by Lior Carlson and John F. Jarvis.

We are incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of North Carolina. We are in the process of applying for federal tax exempt status as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Who We Are

Meet the Backyard Butterfly team

Lior Carlson


Lior conducts the Education and Community Outreach aspects of Backyard Butterflies. They enjoy both the Light and Dark Side of Lepidoptera. During the day they enjoying photographing butterflies and insects. At night they fire up special lights to photograph moths drawn to a collecting sheet. 

Lior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science.

John F. Jarvis


John manages the Backyard Habitat aspect of our mission. He tends to all habitat maintenance and plant propagation. He records butterfly sightings in the yard while working in the habitat. He has been patiently waiting to have a Zebra Swallowtail lay eggs on the collection of paw paw trees he first planted in 2013.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management.

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