Lepidoptera Course at SWRS

Brown and orange metalmark butterfly nectaring on white flowering pine needle milkweed Apodemia ares - Ares Metalmark 
Courtesy of L. Paulson
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.

Taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of Lepidoptera in southeastern Arizona will be emphasized. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animal pollinators. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques. The lab portion of the course will include instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling.

Offered in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. Review their lepidoptera resources and galleries from past courses.


August 4-14, 2023


  • 2023 Instructors to be determined.
  • 2022 Instructors: Richard Brown, Jennifer Bundy, Chris Grinter, Sangmi Lee, Ray Nagle, Ron Rutowski, Bruce Walsh.


  • $1,750 fee is to be paid by all participants upon being informed of their acceptance, and will cover tuition, housing and meals.
  • Payment can be made with a personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS.
    • If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's check, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind that the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase.
    • If you reside outside the United States: please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in U.S. Dollars or email [email protected] to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. 


Costs for travel to SWRS are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we can facilitate participants contacting each other to carpool to and from the station.


Please email [email protected] to request an application.

large caterpillar primarily creamy white with longitudinal orange stripes, black speckles and yellow patches on grape vine
Eumorpha typhon caterpillar on Vitis arizonica 
Courtesy of L. Paulson