Dr. Charles Allen and his wife have been developing Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast on 26 acres near the Kisatchie National Forest into a State Natural Area since 2001.
Dr. Allen was a botany professor who taught at LSU-Monroe for twenty years.
After he retired from teaching he went to work for Colorado State University at Fort Polk for the Environmental Management of Military Land.
He also has a strong passion for and an interest in entomology.
Their biggest emphasis is on attracting butterflies by planting several butterfly gardens each year. They also attract moths to the area by planting moon gardens and operating special lights.
Several years ago he built special sheets that are illuminated at night by a mercury vapor light to attract moths to the property and started photographing them.
Currently, he has photographed 745 different moth species.
Each July during national moth week they hold a bio-blitz where they inventory every living organism on the property, including the humans and pets.
In July 2019 they are hosting a large event through Iowa State University called “Bug Guide” where people identify different spiders and insects all over the United States and report them back to the university.
He encourages anyone wanting to plant a butterfly garden and to help feed the monarch butterflies passing through on their way up from Mexico to get their milkweed ready for March.
They will fly back through the area in November on their way back to Mexico.
Coming up February 8-10 is Tom Sawyer Days at Allen Acres. The public is invited and if you would like more information or would like to schedule a visit with Allen Acres, you can contact Dr. Charles Allen at (337) 328-2252.
Allen Acres is located at 5070 LA-399, Pitkin, LA.