The primary program of the Foundation is publishing The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera (JRL). The JRL is a peer reviewed publication that we plan to print twice a year with the aim of providing at least 250 pages. Our only limit to its production is now having available sufficient acceptable manuscripts. In addition we make available all previous issues as high resolution PDF files on-line that can be downloaded without charge. An exception is volume 40, the Catalogue of North American Butterflies, which is available by order. Volume 40 is a 652 page reference textbook.
An ancillary to the JRL is publication of books on Lepidoptera. To date we have produced four, one in two languages and have a fifth nearly ready to print. All publications, the JRL and books, are supported by sales and subscription. Click HERE to read more about our books.
A listing of all educational institutions worldwide that offer instruction concerning Lepidoptera will be a continuing effort. The list will include faculty members working with the group and a resume of their projects. As a related resource, museums with significant holdings will be cited. All will include internet links. We feel such listings are important for communication. We urge all involved parties to help us update this database to make it as thorough as possible.
Our final objective is development of exhibitions that may involve interactions with other disciplines and the arts as well as being stand-alone. We strongly feel a need to provide well designed works that will attract and educate the general public on the significance of Lepidoptera to the understanding of both environmental issues and general biological principles. The program is supported by your contributions and from our endowment.
We developed an exhibition melding art and Lepidoptera conservation. The effort is with Fundacion Mariposas Argentina and involved contributions from leading contemporary artists with butterfly and moth exhibits that emphasized conservation issues as well as subtle education of biological principles. It was presented at Fundación Alon para las artes. We believe works as this make our field widely accessible and reveal the Lepidoptera as significant organisms.
The sculpture illustrated is a contribution from a leading contemporary latin American, Leon Ferrari (currently featured at MOMA). The piece is based on a section of the DNA helix with butterflies and model warplanes – a contrast of the beauty of life with the profane.