Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


Insect identification courses in North Carolina, USA in July 2014

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.

National Moth Week is July 19-27, 2014

Get ready for National Moth Week 2014!

BAMONA is a proud supporter of National Moth Week. Plan to take photographs of moths in your area the week of July 19-27, 2014. Then, come to BAMONA and submit your sightings. Be sure to select "National Moth Week" from the partner project list to get your data recorded as part of the Week.

If you plan to host an event for National Moth Week, register on the official website.

Get outside and get into moths!

Mothography by Warren Krupsaw

Warren Krupsaw has provided BAMONA with some excellent close-up photographs of moths. Check them out in Warren's gallery page, on species pages, and in the Image Gallery.

While many photographers focus on capturing the details that assist with identification, Krupsaw describes his work as "Moth Portraiture." To see all of Warren's work, check out his online gallery. You can learn more about his techniques from his article at The Photo Argus.

Web Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies and Damselflies

This web atlas provides a wealth of information on 193 rare species in these insect groups, all made possible by hundreds of records from around the state. These records were amassed over two years from the Natural Heritage Program database, the field work of Natural Heritage Program inventory biologists and cooperators, and in many cases literature sources and museum specimens. The public can use this web atlas to: 1) enter locality name and receive a summary of all rare species in these groups by locality in Virginia; 2) enter a species or common name, and get summary information on its physical appearance, its food or host plants, its habitat requirements, conservation status; 3) view a current county presence map for Virginia; and more. This information, including photos, is provided in printable factsheets for every rare species in the Atlas. This Atlas was developed by the DCR Natural Heritage Program and the DCR Public Communications Office, with funding and initial project vision provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant. Check it out at http://www.vararespecies.org.

Butterfly Conservation's Seventh International Symposium April 4-6, 2014

Butterfly Conservation's Seventh International Symposium will be held at Southampton on the theme: The ecology and conservation of butterflies and moths.

The Symposium will include the latest science of butterflies and moths and how science can help to reverse the decline of butterflies and moths, and their habitats. The programme also provides opportunities for Butterfly Conservation members and others to present papers 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.

Keynote speakers include Prof. Chris Thomas (York Univ, UK), Prof Christer Wiklund (Stockholm Univ, Sweden), Dr Tom Brereton (Butterfly Conservation, UK), Dr Bob Pyle (Naturalist and writer, USA), Scott Hoffman Black (Xerces Society, IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group, USA) and Dr Thomas Merckx (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). The proceedings will be published as a special issue of the Journal of Insect Conservation, deadline for paper submission will be Friday 2nd May 2014). .