Welcome to SEMBA
It is our mission to share our knowledge to educate people about Lepidoptera and their habitats, to instill and foster a passion for nature in others, and to establish and preserve the environment for butterflies, skippers and moths.
Upcoming Meetings

June 2014

18th, Meeting 7:00 p.m. Nankin Mills

Native Plant Sale, with Chad Hughson from Hidden Savanah.

July 2014

16th, Meeting 7:00 p.m. Nankin Mills

"Outdoor Photography" with Cindy Olesz-kowicz, Professional Photographer and Brendon Weil, SEMBA Vice-President, will build upon last year’s presentation about butterfly and nature photography. This will be a workshop forum. We will spend some time outside– bring your camera!

Meetings will take place at Nankin Mills, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185. Questions 734-223-5510 or www.sembabutterfly.com.


Butterfly Sightings Survey

Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA) has put together a survey this year on "Butterfly First Sightings", "Butterfly Count & Plants Seen On", and "Butterfly Rearing". To take part in this, go to: https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3ItcdkxhayDAWln
If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick one up and any of our meetings.
If you have questions about the survey, contact Brendon at bweil04@yahoo.com

its time to renew your membership in the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association. Membership in SEMBA is cheap and affordable. For our seventh year in a row, we’re keeping our dues at $15 per person. 

Take advantage of our Family benefit: If more than one family member wants to join, the family member gets their membership for only $7.50.  The family member discount can be used for up to four family members.

Your one year membership fee helps the group further our mission.

Your membership  includes:

· Access to the official SEMBA website

· All meeting handouts, guest speakers and lecturers, special events and activities

· Nectar News, SEMBA's official newsletters (which you are currently reading);  published several times throughout the year.

To renew your dues, you can bring it to the next meeting with is Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM. If you aren’t able to attend the meeting, you can mail your dues to

PO Box 851301
Westland MI. 48185
Make checks payable to SEMBA.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed at all SEMBA events checkout the Calendar of events page and ask one of our club officer how you can help.



SEMBA Grants:


Four $100 grants were given out in April for butterfly gardens!


Children’s Village (TAG Program) Pontiac,


Milford Garden Club,


Fireside Church and Adult Day Care Ministry, Livonia,


St. Linus Catholic School, Dearborn Heights

Just a reminder if you're looking for a United Way agency to make a 2013 contribution towards, consider SEMBA (Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association). We are a non-profit agency. Contributions would be appreciated.