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Apply for 2021!


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The 2020 Lepidoptera Course has been postponed due to COVID impacts. We will be back in 2021 and look forward to seeing you then! Please reach out to us if you have applied for 2020, or are interested in 2021, and have any questions or concerns.


The course is designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterfly and moth taxonomy. It will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5 July 2021. If accepted, fees are due by 19 July 2021.

2021 Instructors TBD

Richard Brown, Jennifer Bundy, Chris Grinter, Sangmi Lee, Ray Nagle, Ron Rutowski, Bruce Walsh.


Tuition for the 10 night course is $1,340.00, which is to be paid by all participants upon being informed of their acceptance. Tuition covers course fees for the course and room and board at the SWRS. Preferred methods of payment are personal check, certified check, or money order, payable to SWRS. Credit card fees have increased considerably over the past year; please call the SWRS if you must use a credit card. Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (car) are to be covered by all participants. As participants register we will collect email addresses and send to all registrants so that they can arrange carpooling to and from the Station.

For logistics or information about the SWRS you may contact:

Course Coordinator: Karen Edmonds, Southwest Research Station, PO Box 16553 Portal, Arizona 85632 E-mail: swrs@amnh.org; Phone: (520) 558-2396


Past Course Pages

See photos, students, and instructors from past years.

Lepidoptera Resources

Identification guides, references, supplies, etc.