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IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group

The IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group comprises more than 100 scientists worldwide and works to conserve all Lepidoptera insects (butterflies and moths) and their habitats around the world.

The Group accomplishes this by empowering assessments and practical conservation programs—including habitat restoration and management, monitoring of populations, and reintroduction projects.

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 9,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth.”

Most members are deployed in more than 130 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi, or animals while others focus on topical issues, such as reintroduction of species into former habitats or wildlife health.

In 2010 the Species Survival Commission re-formed its Butterfly Specialist Group and named Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, as the group’s chair. Our aim is to conserve Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and their habitats around the world.

The IUCN first formed a butterfly group (then called the Lepidoptera Specialist Group) in 1976, with Robert Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society, as its chair. The Specialist Group continued its work under the guidance of Tim New.