Lep Soc info

Ernest Williams ewilliam at hamilton.edu
Tue Feb 25 08:28:30 EST 2003

For Woody and everyone else:

Abbreviated info about the Lep Soc.
     For more, go to http://www.lepsoc.org

The Lepidopterists' Society is best known for the networking it 
provides members, its publications, and the annual meetings, which 
bring together people with a wide range of interests in butterflies 
and moths.  The periodicals include the colorful NEWS, with 
information, reports, research requests, columns, photos, and a 
marketplace for trades and sales of specimens, books, etc.; and the 
JOURNAL, a scientific publication with articles on taxonomy, ecology, 
behavior, and life histories of lepidoptera.  Occasionally, large 
monographs are published on special topics, too.  The annual meetings 
are times for learning, talking with people who have similar 
interests, and having a good time together.  Last year's meeting was 
in Charleston, SC, and this coming summer's meeting will be in Olds, 

The mission of the Lep. Soc. is "to promote internationally the 
science of lepidopterology in all its branches; to further the 
scientifically sound and progressive study of Lepidoptera; to publish 
periodicals and other publications on Lepidoptera; to facilitate the 
exchange of specimens and ideas by both the professional worker and 
the amateur in the field; to compile and distribute information to 
other organizations and individuals for purposes of education and 
conservation and appreciation of Lepidoptera; and to secure 
cooperation in all measures tending to that end" (Lep. Soc. 

The Lepidopterists' Society was founded by noted lepidopterists 
Charles Remington and Harry Clench in 1947 in Cambridge, Mass.  As 
Clench wrote about it later, "We wanted an organization that would 
appeal to both beginner and seasoned veteran, to both amateur and 
professional; we wanted it to set high standards by example...; and 
we wanted it to be a means for exchanging ideas and information among 
lepidopterists of all degrees of experience and expertise." (Lep. 
Soc. Commemorative volume, 1977).

The Society grew rapidly and has succeeded so well because of these 
features and because, as an organization, it is run by its 
membership.  All officers are elected by members through an annual 
ballot, so the membership guides the direction of the Society.  The 
Society is run by its officers, including 3 vice presidents from 
different countries (currently, Canada, Germany, and USA) and an 
Executive Council of 9 members-at-large (3 elected each year for 
3-year terms).

Again, look at the website (http://www.lepsoc.org) to see much more.

Ernest Williams
Clinton, NY
Secretary, The Lepidopterists' Society


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