LEPIDOPTERA BIODIVERSITY LLCİ
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.
TERMINOLOGY FOR LEPIDOPTERA MORPHOLOGY
DISSECTION PROCEDURE FOR SPECIES LEVEL AND PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSES
Click on the above link for illustrations and a discussion of techniques used for surveying for Lepidoptera.
LEPIDOPTERA CHECK LISTS
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
Hugo L. Kons Jr.: Robert J. Borth:
719 W. Summer Street 10327 N Westport Circle
Appleton, WI 54914 Mequon, WI 53092
Hugo L. Kons Jr. Robert J. Borth
Monangahela National Forest (West Virginia) Near Cranberry Glades, July 2002 Pedernales Falls State Park (Texas), May 2003
Web Site Created and Designed by Hugo Kons Jr.
Photos copyright Lepidoptera Biodiversity LLC
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.
LEPIDOPTERA BIODIVERSITY BLITZ SURVEY LOCATIONS
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.