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Event: Lepidoptera Course in Tucson, AZ – August 16-25, 2015

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 in Events

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 more information visit the event announcement.


Needs Survey Results

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 in Announcements

In 2010 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) 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. 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. Unfortunately, in recent years the group has fallen into inactivity. At an IUCN meeting in Cambridge, England, last fall, Scott Black discussed his hopes Read More