Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


Jan 25, 2019 ...

Monarch Watch and their partner nurseries are accepting applications for free milkweed seedlings for habitat restoration projects located in the Monarch Milkweed Corridor. This includes most of the eastern half of the United States. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana are not included in the grant at this time. Only certain portions of Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are included. Learn more at MonarchWatch.

Jan 20, 2019 ...

Pollinator Partnership (P2) seeks to hire motivated and detail-oriented Project Wingspan State Coordinators in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Project Wingspan State Coordinators will provide programmatic support for Project Wingspan: Landscape Enhancement for Imperiled Pollinators of the Midwest (PW), a collaborative pollinator habitat initiative with numerous partners across an 8 state region. PW is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in pollinators and the fragmentation of habitat through seed collection, technical training, enhancing and securing long-term habitat. This project is an expansion of the Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest project, and part of Pollinator Partnership’s wider Monarch Wings Across America program.

For more information, see the Pollinator Partnership careers page.

Aug 15, 2018 ... We have completed maintenance on the Butterflies and Moths of North America sighting submission form. This maintenance was completed on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 6:15 ET. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!

May 02, 2018 ...

The Fund currently has an online application period open for its Fall 2018 Seed A Legacy program. This program offers free pollinator seed mixtures for projects in an 11-state region. Applications are open for private, public and corporate lands that are a minimum of 2.0 acres in size or larger. The Fall 2018 program application period is open until August 31 with an online application process. The Seed A Legacy program offers pollinator seed mixtures where 50% of the project is established to a ‘Monarch Butterfly’ seed mixture and 50% of the project is established to a ‘Honey Bee’ seed mixture. More information about the program can be viewed online at the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund website.

Apr 30, 2018 ...

Instructor Jason Dombroskie will teach Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History this summer at the Eagle Hill Institute.

Description: This lab-intensive course will systematically cover all of the families of the microlepidoptera from Micropterigidae to Mimallonidae in the United States and Canada. The focus will be on identification characters for each family and most of the major subfamilies and tribes through talks rich in photos and examination of specimens. Overall natural history will be covered with special focus on ecologically and economically important species. There will be practical training on collecting methods, pinning techniques, and genitalic dissection along with a discussion of larval rearing techniques.

Download the PDF for more information, or for a full list of seminars offered at the Institute, visit their calendar.

Apr 11, 2018 ...

The island marble (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) is one of the rarest butterflies in America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that the butterfly warrants protection as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

For more information, read the Federal Register entry and the press release from The Xerces Society.

Oct 06, 2017 ...

The Pollinator Partnership is looking to hire a motivated and detail-oriented Monarch Habitat Coordinator for the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Region. The Monarch Habitat Coordinator will provide programmatic support for Monarch Wings Across Eastern Broadleaf Forest, a collaborative monarch habitat initiative with numerous partners across a 5 state region.

MWAEBF is a multi-component project to address the alarming decline in monarchs and the fragmentation of the annual migration through seed collection, technical training, and long-term habitat establishment.

The Monarch Habitat Coordinator should be comfortable working outside, willing and able to work across various habitat setting, and communicate directly with landowners.

For full details, including duties, required qualifications, compensation, and application information, please visit http://pollinator.org/careers.

Sep 27, 2017 ...

In late June and early July 2017, about 200 adult Dakota skippers were released on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Hole-in-the-Mountain Preserve in an attempt to reestablish a population on this site.

The Nature Conservancy recently released a video and a blog post describing the release and the science supporting the reintroduction.

Aug 14, 2017 ...

We have streamlined the process for reporting suspected misidentified sightings. On each sighting record page, logged in users will see an option to flag the sighting as misidentified. A justification must be provided to support the claim, and an automatic email alert will be sent to the coordinator.

Please use care when flagging misidentified sightings.

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Aug 02, 2017 ...

Butterfly Conservation's Eighth International Symposium is to be held at Southampton University, from the 6th to 8th April 2018 on the theme: The ecology and conservation of butterflies and moths.

The organizers are inviting offers of papers or posters on relevant topics. The Symposium will include the latest science on the ecology of butterflies and moths, and how to conserve them and their habitats in a changing world. The programme provides opportunities for Butterfly Conservation members to present talks or posters on practical conservation work and contributions will be welcomed. The Symposium will end with a forward look of future challenges, including the impact of climate change. Details will be posted and updated on the BC website as they develop.

Guest speakers include Dr Martin Warren, recently retired Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation (UK) whose talk will celebrate the 50 year history of Butterfly Conservation and Dr Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (USA) and Chair of the IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group who will discuss the status of common and widespread species in the USA. Other keynote speakers include Professor Jane Hill (York University, UK), and Richard Fox (Butterfly Conservation, UK).

The proceedings will be published as a special issue of the Journal of Insect Conservation.

Registration and abstract submission (deadline 4th December) is available on-line, at http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/symposium. Booking is now open at a special early bird discount of 15% until the 31st December 2017.