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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:59

With cooler temps approaching this Fall, it’s a great time to get outside and hike a trail. And if you live in the Piedmont of the Carolinas or Georgia, there is a new field guide that can help you identify common organisms you may see as you hike. The Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont is a picture-based identification guide to over 700 Piedmont species. It includes common animals, plants, fungi, animal tracks, skulls and bones, rocks, minerals, nature sounds, and even slime molds. The field guide is a free eBook intended to help the general public easily identify and learn about common organisms. The picture for most species is hyperlinked to a reputable website with natural history information. The field guide can be downloaded for free to any electronic device from www.uscupstate.edu/fieldguide.

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 10:52

The Lepidopterists' Society 2016 Annual Meeting will take place July 6-10 at The Nature Place near Florissant, in the mountains west of Pikes Peak, Colorado. Optional field trips will be held July 11-13.

Find complete information about the event on The Lepidopterists' Society website.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 23:00

It is National Pollinator Week! Events are taking place across the US and its territories. Find out more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 18:24

We are working on a new version of the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website and underlying database, with plans for a 2016 release. The site will be responsive (mobile-friendly) and have other improvements.

Due to limitations of the existing technology, we recently had to replace the Google map base layer with a layer from Open Street Map. When the new BAMONA site is launched, we will be able offer better maps again.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 18:10

Paoloa Olaya-Arenas, a PhD student in Entomology at Purdue University, is seeking crowdfunding support for a research project: Non-target effect of insecticide seed treatment on milkweeds and monarch butterflies.

See https://experiment.com/projects/lxllxqbmxlkcegsrogel for full details and to contribute

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 12:28

The Department of Entomology, Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) and Conferences at Purdue University invite you to attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society. Please mark your calendars for this meeting, which will be held at Purdue University in the Stewart Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, July 28 - August 2, 2015.

This promises to be an excellent meeting, with numerous field trips, access to important collections (PERC and INHS), a robust scientific program, and plenty of opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones! Please visit the 2015 LepSoc website for more information and to register for the meeting: http://www.entm.purdue.edu/perc/lepsoc2015.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Zaspel (jzaspel@purdue.edu) for any questions about the 2015 LepSoc Meeting.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 14:27

The Southwest Research Station in Arizona is offering a Lepidoptera Course August 16-25, 2015.

"The course is designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterfly and moth taxonomy. It will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling."

For the full announcement and application form, visit the course website at http://research.amnh.org/swrs/education/lepidoptera-course.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 14:23

The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will be conducting a Butterfly BioBlitz on Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

For more information about the event visit the website at: www.cascadesiskiyou.org.

All participants are asked to register online before the event. If you have questions about the event, contact the Bioblitz Media Assistant, Nicole Carbone at event.cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:36

The Crater Lake National Park Science and Learning Center is conducting a Lepidoptera BioBlitz on July 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All participants must pre-register by Wednesday, July 23.

To obtain registration forms, if you are interested in volunteering, or if you have questions about the event, contact the Center's Science Coordinator, Jherime Kellermann at (541) 594-3149 or by email at jherime_kellermann@partner.nps.gov. Emails should include: your name, number of adults, and your best contact phone number.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 18:37

The Highlands Biological Station, located in the mountains of North Carolina, is offering the following workshops as part of its summer series of field biology courses and workshops. For more information, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2014/ or call (828) 526-2602.

Butterflies & Moths of the Southern Appalachians
July 21-25 – Dr. David Alsop, Professor Emeritus, Queens College
This workshop will explore the diversity and identification of members of the insect order Lepidoptera. In order to gain quick visual identification of various butterfly families, prepared specimens of the families will be made available together with a discussion of the differences in flight habits of the various families. There will be afternoon collecting (mainly butterflies, but also some day-flying moths) and evening collecting (mainly moths) using black lights. The techniques for spreading Lepidoptera will be discussed.

Introduction to Southern Appalachian Insects
July 28-Aug. 1 – Dr. David Alsop, Professor Emeritus, Queens College
This workshop will explore the most commonly seen and collected insects in the local area. Methods for preserving and identifying insects will be discussed. Environmental constraints on the localities in which insects will occur will be discussed. There will be afternoon collecting and evening “black light” collecting to demonstrate the great diversity of insects available around the research station.

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