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Checklist of the Lepidoptera of British Columbia, Canada. Entomological Society of British Columbia Occasional paper no. 3. 2015. Pohl, G.R.; Cannings, R.A.; Landry, J.-F.; Holden, D.G.; Scudder, G.G.E. Entomological Society of British Columbia. 308 p.

Year: 2015

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36428

Language: English

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Abstract

Moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) are one of the most diverse and economically important groups of insects, with approximately 157,000 species worldwide. This book establishes a definitive list of the species that occur in BC, and clarifies erroneous records in past works. It provides a knowledge baseline that will be useful to resource and conservation managers, biodiversity researchers, taxonomists, amateur collectors, and naturalists.

Plain Language Summary

Lepidoptera are one of the most diverse and economically important groups of insects, with approximately 157,000 species worldwide. This work represents a major advance in our understanding of the Lepidoptera fauna of the province. It establishes a definitive list of the species that occur in BC, and provides a knowledge baseline that will be useful to resource and conservation managers, biodiversity researchers, taxonomists, amateur collectors, and naturalists. This publication documents 2762 Lepidoptera species (moths and butterflies) reported for the province of British Columbia. Records were extracted from over 100 years of scientific literature and from insect collections across Canada. Notes are provided for selected species, and 126 species are reported as introduced from outside North America. An additional 27 species whose occurrence in British Columbia is probable are included in the list. We provide a list of 288 species erroneously reported in BC in previous works; this paper corrects misidentifications and errors, many of which have persisted in the literature for decades. The introductory section provides an overview of the order Lepidoptera, a review the ecozones of the province, and the history of lepidopterology in British Columbia.