The Lives of Lepidopterists

  • Lee A. Dyer
  • Matthew L. Forister

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. How Did We Get Here?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Deane Bowers
      Pages 3-9
    3. Carla M. Penz
      Pages 17-28
  3. Adventure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Art Shapiro
      Pages 31-40
    3. Felix Sperling
      Pages 49-55
  4. Discovery

  5. Natural History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Phil DeVries
      Pages 135-144
    3. Harold F. Greeney
      Pages 145-150
    4. Jerry A. Powell
      Pages 151-160
  6. Secret Lives of Lepidopterists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. John Brown
      Pages 163-171
    3. Michael C. Singer
      Pages 187-202
  7. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ivone Rezende Diniz
      Pages 205-212
    3. Robert Michael Pyle
      Pages 231-240
    4. Paul R. Ehrlich
      Pages 241-257
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 259-273

About this book


Inchworms, tiger moths, underwings, owlet moths, silkworms,sphinx moths, grass moths, and butterflies. Collectively, these and many others are the Lepidoptera, one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet.

Lepidoptera can be found in the highest tropical canopies,the driest deserts, and at the leading edge of science. The adults include some of the most beautiful insects that have inspired artists and have sailed through the dreams of human cultures for millennia. The immature stages (“caterpillars”), like the underwing depicted on the cover, link together vital processes in diverse terrestrial ecosystems that are only barely documented let alone understood.

The people that study these animals are lepidopterists, and the goal of this book is to introduce them with their own words. In twenty chapters, lepidopterists tell their stories, and these tales mirror the diversity of nature in their range and depth. You will find individuals that wrestle with the challenges of scientific careers, stories of far flung travel sand close calls, and historical perspectives on recent decades of scientific break throughs.


Butterflies Moths New species Science narrative Travel

Editors and affiliations

  • Lee A. Dyer
    • 1
  • Matthew L. Forister
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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