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Founded June 2006


Hugo L. Kons Jr. & Robert J. Borth



MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC is to conduct and publish research which increases the scientific understanding of Lepidoptera and natural habitats, and which improves the potential for their preservation.




            Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC is a private research institution active in a variety of avenues of Lepidoptera research, including biodiversity inventories and studies of Lepidoptera evolution, taxonomy, three dimensional morphological imagery, molecular genetics, distribution, habitat dependency, phenology, ecology, and conservation.  Our current focus is a phylogenetic study and revision of the Catocala (Noctuidae) integrating morphology and mitochondrial DNA.  We are collaborating with Larry Gall and David Hawks on the MONA fascicle for Catocala, and are working on a series of publications that will provide high quality images of adults and genitalia of all known Nearctic taxa and as many old world taxa as possible.  We also publish the North American Journal of Lepidoptera Biodiversity, a scientific journal specializing in monographs or series of papers presenting Lepidoptera biodiversity inventory data and analysis for sites in North America.  Furthermore, we maintain a web site with a variety of different resources for those interested in Lepidoptera. 46mm f.CR21.CR2129.0.0.1 65mm m.CR2139.0.0.1 60mm m.CR21-1.CR21ultronia AEI




North American Journal of Lepidoptera Biodiversity


Articles Describing New Species

Supplemental Plates for Published Articles


Biodiversity Inventory/Biodiversity Blitz Articles





December 2017








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 Genitalia Structural Terminology for Catocala and Related Genera


 Wing Structural & Pattern Terminology for Catocala and Related Genera





 Male Dissection Procedure and Exemplar Images (Catocala aholibah)


Female Dissection Procedure and Exemplar Images (Catocala sappho)





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Three Dimensional Lepidoptera Genitalia



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GT Vision Images of Lepidoptera and Other Insects



Field and Specimen Photo Gallery


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Habitats of Lepidoptera Survey Localities






Lepidoptera Survey Methods Utilized by the North American Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC


Click on the above link for illustrations and a discussion of techniques used for surveying for Lepidoptera.




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All species in the below check lists are documented with collected voucher specimens.


Currently many of our check lists are only available on-line, although our plans are to publish all of these in print in the North American Journal of Lepidoptera Biodiversity or another source. We use our web site to provide pdfs of published checklists, provide on-line updates to published check lists, and make available some check lists which have not yet been published in print.  Follow this link to see what check lists have been published in available NAJLB volumes. For modifications of our on-line check lists subsequent to 2015 we will provide an archive of the previous versions as well as the most recent version. 


*=Published In Print

On-Line Only Check Lists are copyright Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC


[BI]=Biodiversity Inventory Check List (A list of species for a site or region derived from surveys at different times of the year).

[BB]=Biodiversity Blitz Check List (A list of species including detailed collection data for individual specimens (date, specific locality within a site (usually with GPS coordinates), survey method, and habitat).  Our Lepidoptera biodiversity blitzes involve an attempt to document all Lepidoptera species encountered (in targeted families) at the survey stations deployed at a given locality on a given date.


Check Lists Are Arranged Alphabetically By State And Then Locality




*Splinter Hill Bog Preserve (The Nature Conservancy) (Baldwin County) [BB]



Didasys belae 20 Sep 97 Heliothis turbatus 31 March 00 KOP Acronicta perblanda 29 Apr 05 Hyperstrotia 18 Sep 03 AEI

Unknown Noctuid 22 May 05 ASP Cisthene new species 23 May 05 Tripudia species 1 May 07 BVLOgdoconta near tacna 26 April 06






Northern Florida Regional Check List [BI]


Multiple Localities


*47 North Florida Localities (with analysis of habitat and phenology)


Specific Localities


American Entomological Institute Property (Alachua County, FL) [BI]


Blackwater River State Forest (Okaloosa & Santa Rosa Counties) [BB]


University of Florida Katharine Ordway Preserve (Putnam County, FL) [BI/BB]


University of Florida Natural Area Teaching Lab [BI]




Alligator Creek Wildlife Management Area [BB: Catocala]




Twin Swamps Nature Preserve (Posey County) [BB]




Kingdom Come State Park (Harlan & Letcher Counties) [BB]




Tombigbee State Park (Lee County) [BB]




Otter Slough Conservation Area (Stoddard County) [BB]




Luther, Oklahoma including Rustic Acres Road (Oklahoma County, Oklahoma)




Atlanta State Park (Cass County) [BB]


Pedernales Falls State Park (Blanco County) [BB]


Roy Larsen Sandylands Preserve (Hardin County) [BB]




Montgomery County (Jefferson National Forest & Other Localities)



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Wisconsin (State Check List) [BI]


Outagamie County (Wisconsin) [BI]


Migrants, Strays, Recent Colonizations, And Newly Recorded Lepidoptera Species From Outagamie County, Wisconsin, And Adjacent Areas


Butterflies of Outagamie County, Wisconsin [BI]


Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest (Southeast Wisconsin) [BI]


Specific Localities


Dunbar Barrens (Marinette County, Wisconsin) [BI/BB]


Fallen Timbers Environmental Center (Outagamie County, Wisconsin) [BI]


Kettle Moraine Fen & Low Prairie (Waukesha County) [BB]


Mosquito Hill Nature Center (Outagamie County, Wisconsin) [BI]


Schmeeckle Reserve (Portage County, Wisconsin) [BI]


Swamp Lover's Preserve (Dane County) [BB]


Namekogan Barrens (Burnett County, Wisconsin)






Hugo L. Kons Jr.:                                                                            Robert J. Borth:

719 W. Summer Street                                                                      10327 N Westport Circle

Appleton, WI 54914                                                                         Mequon, WI 53092                                                                



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Hugo L. Kons Jr.                                                                                                         Robert J. Borth

Monangahela National Forest (West Virginia) Near Cranberry Glades, July 2002                                           Pedernales Falls State Park (Texas), May 2003





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Lepidoptera Habitats of Northern Florida


Click on the above link to view images of North Florida Lepidoptera habitats and some of the species hypothesized to be dependent on particular habitat types.



Editorial: Recommended Collecting Policy Guidlines for Conservation Lands where Scientific Collecting Requires Authorization





A primary research emphasis of the North American Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC is conducting Lepidoptera biodiversity inventories.  Between 2002 and 2009 we have traveled extensively in the United States and conducted many all night biodiversity blitz surveys, where we attempted to document each Lepidoptera species encountered in targeted families (Psychidae, Yponomeutidae, Attevidae, Urodidae, Cossidae, Lacturidae, Zygaenidae, Megalopygidae, Limacodidae, Epipyropidae, Thyrididae, Thyatiridae, Drepanidae, Geometridae, Epiplemidae, Hesperiidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, Nymphalidae, Mimallonidae, Lasiocampidae, Apatelodidae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, and Noctuidae (including Arctiinae and Lymantriinae as Noctuid subfamilies).  Many of our surveys have been volunteer work conducted on lands where conservation of natural resources is a defined management objective, as on these types of lands collection based surveys are especially critical for long term conservation goals.   Without a vouchered base line of data on the Lepidoptera species that occur in an area, there will be no way to evaluate if the Lepidoptera fauna of that area is being preserved in the future.  The biological and ecological information obtained by amateur and professional scientific collectors is also important to understanding the needs of particular species.  Aside from direct destruction of habitat, prohibiting or discouraging scientific collecting and the resulting loss of critical information are among the most detrimental policies that can be instated with respect to long term conservation goals.  We have supplied many conservation land managers with reports of our findings, and publishing the results of these inventories in the North American Journal of Lepidoptera Biodiversity is an ongoing process.  The following link provides information on the locations of some of our surveys.


Some Locations of Lepidoptera Biodiversity Blitzes Conducted by North American Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC



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