Downloads: Classic Lepidoptera Books by W. J. Holland

I’ve added some links to downloads of classic books on Lepidoptera to the downloads page:

Obviously these books are long out of copyright, but still contain a wealth of useful information.

Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting: January 14, 2011

I finally made it to a meeting of the Utah Lepidoptersts’ Society.  The meeting was held at the Natural History Museum of Utah on the campus of the University of Utah and is adjacent to Red Butte Gardens.  The community room sits next to the museum café and is a fantastic place for the meetings when they are held in Salt Lake.  This was the first meeting held at the new museum and it is a beautiful venue.  I didn’t have time to take a tour, but will go through next week some time with my wife. I’m sorry I can’t remember the names of everyone in attendance, but those I do remember are: Col. Clyde Gillette, Jack Harry, Jacque Wolfe, … Continue reading

Quick Note: Aquarium Filter Media Bags

While I’ll be putting up a full post concerning yesterday’s meeting of the Utah Lepidopterists’ Society, I wanted to quickly mention one thing I found out. Todd Stout had brought in some caterpillars on a plant to show. He had segregated each of them to a separate branch by using small net bags his wife had sewn. Craig (EntoCraig), one of the founders of the Utah Society of Entomology suggested using aquarium filter media bags. Great idea! These bags are available inexpensively and in multiple sizes. I can see lots of uses for those rearing insects as well as field naturalists. I found this source in a quick search this morning.


Quick Note: Utah Lepidopterists’ Society Meeting This Saturday, Jan 14 2012

Tony Jones will be giving a presentation on Butterfly Photography this Saturday at 10:00 AM.  The Utah Lepidopterists’ Society meets at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Community Room, Salt Lake City, UT.  The museum is located on the University of Utah Campus, 301 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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Book Review: Moths by Michael Majerus

I just purchased this book for the Kindle Fire and so far it is a great read. Although Majerus lives in the UK, the book is totally appropriate for anyone studying moths anywhere. Below is some information from Amazon about the book.

Book Description

Series: Collins New Naturalist | Publication Date: February 1, 2002
Another volume in the “New Naturalist” series, this book is a comprehensive account of the diverse natural history of these fascinating and popular insects. Michael Majerus, author of the “New Naturalist” book “Ladybirds”, examines all aspects of moths, from their life histories to their role as pests to humans. He covers their reproduction, feeding, evolution, habitats and conservation. The book also discusses the enemies of moths, and the ways they have evolved to avoid detection, including camouflage, warning coloration, and mimicry.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

With nearly 200,000 species worldwide, moths are the planet’s second-largest order of animals (after beetles). They form the major part of the Lepidoptera, far outnumbering their more familiar cousins, butterflies. Majerus, a British entomologist, has produced an extremely thorough book about the lives of these “butterflies of the night.” Lengthy chapters cover life history and anatomy, evolution, sex, host plants and habitats, flight and distribution, disease and predators, and defenses. Each chapter discusses the place of moths in the natural world and gives specific examples for each general concept that is discussed. A chapter on melanism points out the influence of moths on the way biologists think about evolution, and a final chapter looks at the wide-ranging impact humans have had on moths (and vice versa). Though the book has a decidedly British slant, the universality of the overall principles transcends this partiality. Its price is steep, but there is no other book that matches the author’s thoroughness and timeliness. A must for academic libraries and larger public libraries, and recommended for all others. Nancy Bent
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘A thoroughly comprehensible volume, aimed at the knowledgeable enthusiast’Scottish Wildlife –This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

Michael Majerus is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and teaches undergraduates about evolution and natural history at the Department of Genetics. He has had a passionate interest in insects, particularly butterflies and moths, since the age of four. He is excellent at popularising science, and is the author of the popular New Naturalist Ladybirds.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002201429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002201421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches

Giardia Lamblia and Giardiasis: Is it as bad we’ve been told?

As Lepidopterists spend a great deal of their time in the outdoors, I thought it appropriate to include on the blog some posts pertaining to outdoor skills, tips and preparation.  This morning I found the paper below, and felt I should share it with you.  Perhaps it is time to dig out our Sierra Cups once again? ___________________________________________________________________________ Giardia Lamblia and Giardiasis With Particular Attention to the Sierra Nevada by Robert L. Rockwell, PhD  (updated 3/19/02) This article is printed from the Yosemite Association News Letter #4, March 18, 2002, and is included on the joint NPS, USFS, and BLM website– (see links under Learn) and (Both links dead GW) Ask the average outdoors person about Giardia lamblia or giardiasis, and they have certainly … Continue reading

Book Review: Basic Techniques for Observing and Studying Moths and Butterflies by William D. Winter Jr.

The "Techniques" Book

The "Techniques" Book

Basic Techniques for Observing and Studying Moths and Butterflies by William D. Winter Jr. is normally referred to as the “Techniques” book.  This 446 page manual considered by most Lepidopterists to be the bible of techniques is available from the Lepidopterists’ Society.  I consider it a must have, and after reading all the recomendations in lepidoptera forums, was the first book I purchased when I decided to get back into the study of lepidoptera.

Whether you are an experienced avocational or professional Lepidopterist or a rank beginner like me returning after many years, you need this book.  Observational methods, photography, collection, record keeping and rearing are all covered.  The book sells for $29.00 to members of the society or $44.00 to non-members.

Paperback: 446 pages
Publisher: The Lepidopterists’ Society (January 1, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0930282078
ISBN-13: 978-0930282073
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 1.3 inches


Quick Note: Actias Luna in Utah?

Actias Luna

The range of the Luna Moth, (Actias luna), a large, beautiful Santurniidae is not known to extend as far East as Utah.  I have read though, (trying to find the reference) that they are sometimes found as far East as middle Montana which would be about the same longitude as eastern Utah.

I lived for many years in Uintah county.  On two separate occasions a few years apart, I found one of them clinging to my house below the porch light.  This spring and summer I’ll be going back attempting to collect them and document that their range does in fact extend into Utah.

Though it has been several years, I believe there is a good chance for success.  I know the area where I earlier observed them very well, and the habitat is still in pretty much the same shape today as it was then.

Anyone care to join me?