Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera


Awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation

The Xerces Society is now accepting applications for two $3,750 awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation.

The The Joan Mosenthal DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. All proposals must be written by the student researcher. Proposed research should have a clear connection to Lepidoptera conservation and must be completed within one year from receiving funds. Applicants may be graduate or undergraduate students; however, please note that all but one awardee, to date, have been pursuing graduate research. Applications from countries outside the United States will be considered but must be written in English and international applicant work cannot involve work in the United States.

For more information, to download a PDF of the submission guidelines, and to read summaries of previous award winning projects, please visit http://www.xerces.org/joan-dewind-award/.

Submission Deadline for 2013 Awards
The submission deadline is Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT. Award winners will be announced by March 31, 2013, with the awards given by May 2013.

New online guide to Pacific Northwest macromoths

Pacific Northwest Moths is a comprehensive source of information about more than 1,200 species of moths. Drawing from the knowledge of moth experts and specimen records from the region's major insect collections, this site features detailed species accounts, high resolution photographs, and an interactive identification key for every Pacific Northwest moth species within the families Drepanidae, Uraniidae, Lasiocampidae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae, and Noctuidae. Explore this site to identify a moth that you have found, or to learn about the amazingly diverse moths of our region. Because the site also works on mobile devices, it serves as an electronic field guide to the region's moths.

National Moth Week July 23-29, 2012

National Moth Week is coming up soon! Getting involved is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friends and neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and see what is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths, etc. Visit the National Moth Week website for more information, or read the press release (pdf).

If you take part in National Moth Week, consider providing your data to us. Take photographs of the moths you find, and come share your sightings with BAMONA. We'll add the verified records to the database, maps, and checklists, and your data will become part of a growing dataset.

Seeking lepidopterists and citizen scientists for July BioBlitz in Montana

The Pryor Mountains BioBlitz will take place July 6-8, 2012. Organizer Kayhan Ostovar is looking for lepidopterists to assist with identifications and citizen scientists to participate. Travel funds may be available for taxonomic experts. Learn more at http://bioblitz.weebly.com or contact Kayhan Ostovar.

2012 Lepidoptera Course, August 11-20

The 2012 Lepidoptera Course will be held at the SW Research Station in the heart of the Chirichahua Mts. of SE Arizona (about 2 hours from Tucson) on 11-20 August. This setting is one of the highest areas of Lepidopteran biodiversity in the US. The focus of the course is to train serious amateurs, citizen-scientists, and academic professors in Lepidoptera identification, classification, and biology.

The staff for the 2012 course includes:
-Deane Bowers, U of Colorado
-Jason Dombroskie, Cornell University
-Lee Dyer, U of Nevada, Reno
-Paul Goldstein, USNM
-Hugh McGuinness
-Jim Miller, AMNH
-Ray Nagle, U of Arizona
-Chris Schmidt, CNC
-Dave Wagner, U of Connecticut.
-Bruce Walsh, U of Arizona

Course fees (which includes room and board) is $1070 for students (and course
alumni) and $1170 for nonstudents. Application deadline is 11 June 2012.
Further details, and a link to the application form, can be found at www.lepcourse.org. For any questions, contact Bruce Walsh, jbwalsh@u.arizona.edu.

Help a high school teacher discover new Hawaiian moths

Dr. Matt Medeiros is a teacher at the Urban School of San Francisco where he helps students understand everything from chemistry to genetics. Along with his teaching duties, he maintains an active research program, largely involved with discovering rare and imperiled moth species from the uninhabited Hawaiian island of Kahoolawe. Kahoolawe was used as a target range by the US military from 1942 until 1990, but remarkably, there are some surviving species found only on this island and nowhere else on earth. Dr. Medeiros searches for these surviving moth species, learns more about their life histories, and provides this information to land managers in Hawaii.

As a high school teacher, Dr. Medeiros isn't eligible for most research grants, so he has been funding his studies out-of-pocket. However, he has recently started a campaign to support his next field trip, and we're hoping you can make a donation to help cover the costs. Please check out his project page for a movie, list of rewards, and much more information about his project: http://rkthb.co/7372.

In return for helping Dr. Medeiros discover new moth species, you can receive a number of cool rewards like moth-related art or even a tour of his lab! His campaign ends on May 31. Every little bit helps!

For additional information, see Dr. Medeiros' research webpage at: http://www.mattjmedeiros.com/.

2012 Lepidoptera Courses

Two upcoming courses focused on the Lepidoptera.

Moths of California - July 13-15 - An informal introduction for studying and observing moths. Emphasis will be on collecting and processing adult moths and recording observations based on the techniques described in the book, Moths of Western North America. The workshop is recommended for persons interested in moths or those studying insect/plant relationships, or managing biodiversity conservation. Instructors: Powell and Opler

Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada - July 9-13 - Introduction to the natural history and ecology of butterflies. Lectures and slide talks cover the fundamentals of butterfly
biology. We travel (carpool)to a wide variety of local Sierra Nevadan habitats to identify and observe adult butterflies and their behavior, their larvae, and their host plants. Instructors: Opler and Buckner

Reservations and deposits for the workshop and class must be made with J.R. Blair of San Francisco State (jrblair@sfsu.edu).

2012 Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society and the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica

the combined 2012 Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society and the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica will be hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from 23 to 29 July 2012. The meeting will take place in an exciting setting in a museum with great exhibits, access to the research collection, 21 field trips (19 of them free of charge), moderately priced accomodation, great food and interesting events. No membership necessary in any of those societies necessary.

For registration and additional information, visit http://www.dmns.org/krell-lab

Please send your suggested talk and poster titles (and abstracts when available) to the program chair, Todd Gilligan, at tgilliga@gmail.com AND copy to lepidopterist@dmns.org