My name is David Albaugh and I have been a lifelong resident of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Ever since I was seven years old I have been fascinated, almost obsessed, with butterflies and moths. This was all due to a Christmas gift that I received; a kit for collecting butterflies and moths! Though these days my interests are more with conservation, the kit I received was a life changing event for me.
These days I spend more time raising local species of butterflies and moths and photographing them than collecting. I have a 24′ x 16′ screen house that I use as a sort of butterfly sanctuary, raising local species in a predator-free environment, to be released back into the wild after they hatch out as adults. It is a lot of work but it is also very fascinating and rewarding.
Butterfly gardening is another one of my hobbies, which I will get into in better detail in another area of this site. Let’s just say that butterflies truly love my yard! Every plant in my yard is either a butterfly-attracting flower or a plant that their caterpillars will eat.
I currently work at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island (though my insect presentations are in no way affiliated with the zoo). I started there as a volunteer docent. When a job position opened up I immediately applied and got the job. Though it is probably the worst paying job I have ever had, it is actually the best job I have ever had. I have made so many amazing friends there and you just can’t go wrong being surrounded by animals from around the world.