The world of the 21st century is ending its first decade facing several serious stresses. Immediately there is a global economic contraction that will affect many activities, certainly including research on natural history topics.  Most analysts believe this depression will be of a long duration.  Superimposed, but powerfully related, are decreasing resources, deleterious climatic changes and trends of degrading ecosystems, all exacerbated by the expanding human population.  The Lepidoptera are very significant organisms as indicators of change and well as models for many ecological and physiological phenomena.

The news section will attempt to provide for updates in all these areas of research.  Please feel free to contribute.

Call for Papers (A continuing problem)

The JRL can now review and publish papers rapidly.  We solicit your work with assurance you will see it in print within six months.  We can easily produce two volumes per year.  Note we have no page charges and will have a PDF of your work available on line as soon as the included volume is mailed. The only delays will be review and possible revision processes.  Our only excuse from this point is the lack of acceptable manuscripts.  Instructions to authors are available here (pdf file).

Editorial from JRL volume 44

The following editorial by Dr Konrad Fiedler and Dr Rudi Mattoni, may be of interest. You can read the editorial here (PDF File, right click to download).


Travel grants 2012 (No longer active)

The Foundation Board of Directors recently decided to provide travel grants to support qualified students to attend relevant scientific meetings where they can report their research.  We directly provided research grants in the past, but these yielded mixed results.  The idea of providing travel expenses to expand collegial associations and permit lecture or poster presentations by productive individuals seemed more fruitful.  With the current state of our finances, the Foundation is offering four $1000 grants for the purpose for the 2012 academic year.  Please apply to Rudi Mattoni ( if you could benefit. The application is simple and direct. Send a letter of request with brief vita and very brief abstract of your presentation. You must also have your major professor send a brief recommendation. Please note we are not bureaucratic. Your request will be evaluated as received and barring unusual distractions will be answered quickly.
If awarded, we request permission to place your photograph (please send an informal image) and abstract on this website. Awardees will be posted as accepted.

Current Travel grant awardees


Brett Seymoure

Co-Director of Graduate Partners in Science Education
PhD Student of Biology Arizona State University

Current research: Effects of light environments on mimicry rings of the Neotropics. See more...


Christi Jaeger

Graduated in 2011 from the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program at the University of Alberta. During her undergraduate program, she completed a research project in Dr. Felix Sperling's lab in which she used morphology and DNA to examine the boundaries between two putative Phaneta species of Alberta. She has continued working on Phaneta moths in the Sperling lab since 2011, with an emphasis on molecular analysis, and has presented her findings at the 2012 Lepidopterists' Society meeting in Denver. For the past 4 years, Christi has also worked for Natural Resources Canada under the supervision of Greg Pohl, where her interest in micro-lepidoptera has flourished. Currently, Christi is interested in pursuing a MSc in insect systematics, particularly in Lepidoptera in interesting new places. See more...









Student Awards (Feb 16, 2009) (No longer active)

The 2008 program was announced late in the year and consequently had a low response in spite of what we anticipated would be considerable need.  Eight proposals were submitted and evaluated by a committee of the directors plus Drs. Tim Shreeve (UK), Krushnamegh Kunte (USA), and Jim Miller (USA).  Their evaluations were remarkably consistent with one exception (who received the benefit of the doubt). Six awards of $750 to $1000 were granted.
The names, institutions, project titles and proposal briefs follows.  Where available photographs of the awardees are presented. Please click on project title to see full description.



Deepika Sivanandam, Pondicherry University (Dr. I. L. G. Bhavani)
Project title: Comparison of mud puddling activity of butterflies between a disturbed and an undisturbed forest patchs in the Western Ghats.



Kimberly Vann, Arizona Sate University (Dr. R. Rutowski)
Project title: The role of iridescent coloration in te warning signal of Battus philenor, the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly.


Carlos Giraldo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Project title: Study of Mechanitis (Lepidoptera: Ithomiinae) in the Western Andean Mountain of Colombia.







Shaun Walton, Rhodes University, South Africa (Dr. M. Villet)
Project title: Phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of the tribe Dirini (Lepidoptera: Satyrinae)








Ivonne Garzon, University of New Orleans
Project title: Cladistic analysis of Hamadryas


Danilo Ribeiro, University Campinas (Dr. A Freitas)
Project title: Effects of selective logging on fruit-feeding butterflies of Brazilian Amazon basin: diversity within and among habitats.