2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society

July 9-12, 2019 - Davis, California


The 68th annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society will be from Tuesday, July 9 to Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis, California (415 2nd Street between C and D). The meeting will be hosted by the Bohart Museum at University of California at Davis (http://bohart.ucdavis.edu). The Bohart Museum has the 7th largest insect collection in North America with more than 7 million specimens and is the home of the California Insect Survey.

We encourage contributed papers and posters and will have a special symposium on Lepidoptera and environmental change. The Bohart Museum will be open, and those interested in visiting or working in the collection are encouraged to contact Collections Manager Dr. Steve Heydon (slheydon@ucdavis.edu). Because of the travel distance to good field locations during the summer in Davis we will not be officially sponsoring field trips, but information will be provided about locations for both collecting and observing field trips in the area, and we encourage groups of members to coordinate on field trips. A welcome reception will occur at the Bohart Museum Tuesday evening. Main sessions and the Friday banquet will take place at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Davis, a short distance from the campus. The Thursday BBQ will be at a local park within walking distance of the Odd Fellows Hall and the downtown hotels.

Online registration and abstract submission are now open (see below). Registration includes facility fees, snacks, and the BBQ. Banquet tickets are available separately. Additional tickets for both the BBQ and banquet are available for purchase on the registration site. A meeting T-shirt is available for purchase and can be ordered separately.

Meeting Schedule and Program

Meeting Registration

[The deadline has passed to submit an Abstract for a Talk or Poster]

Members of the Lepidopterists' Society receive a discount when registering for the meeting. If you would like to become a member of the Society, please visit https://www.lepsoc.org/content/new-membership. Membership gives you access to current and past issues of the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society and the News of the Lepidopterists' Society. Members are also eligible for various awards including travel awards to help defray costs of meeting attendance (for those giving papers or posters) (https://www.lepsoc.org/content/awards). Our real strength is our members!  We are a supportive group of amateurs and professionals, collectors and photographers, students and retirees, all united around our mutual love for butterflies and moths.

The 4th North American Microlepidopterists' Meeting will be held on July 8, one day prior to the LepSoc meeting, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. More details on this meeting are provided below.


Davis is located off Interstate 80 (I-80) about 15 miles west of Interstate 5. Sacramento (20 miles) and San Francisco (85 miles) airports are the closest major airports, and shuttles are available from both to Davis, about $21 from Sacramento and $70 from San Francisco. The Sacramento airport (SMF) is an international airport and is more convenient. Private shuttles will be approximately $21 - $35 each way and taxis will be over $100 each way. Uber is $26 to $35 one way. YoloBus (530-666-2877, www.yolobus.com) is only $2 and makes the round trip hourly, but their drop-off in Davis is about 2 miles from meeting location.

Located in Yolo County, in the Central Valley of northern California, Davis, a city of about 65,000 people, is situated 11 miles west of Sacramento (the State Capital), 385 miles north of Los Angeles, and 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Davis sits in the Pacific Flyway, a major migration route for waterfowl and other North American birds. Several wildlife preserves, offering a natural environment, dot the landscape. The Odd Fellows Hall is in the middle of downtown, where there are many options for dining within a close walk. If you stay away from the downtown area, parking is available for about $9-10 per day at lots close to the meeting location. Those staying at downtown hotels are offered free parking. Parking on campus during weekdays is $9 per day. A map will be provided.


Housing reservations are available at several downtown hotels (see list below).  Call directly for reservations, and indicate you are attending the Lepidopterists' Society Annual Meeting for special rates. All of these hotels offer free parking for guests and are a short walk from the meeting location.

Best Western University Lodge (530-756-7890, 1 block to Odd Fellows Hall)
Queen rooms - 119.99 + tax
Queen doubles - 129.99 + tax
Includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, fitness, free self-parking on-site

Best Western Plus Palm Court (530-753-7100, 1 block to Odd Fellows Hall)
King rooms - 159.00 + tax
Queen doubles - 165.00 + tax
Includes Wi-Fi, fitness, free self-parking on-site (no free breakfast)

Aggie Inn (530-756-0352, 2 blocks to Odd Fellows Hall)
Double Queens 149.00 + tax
Includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, fitness, free self-parking on-site

4th North American Microlepidopterists' Meeting

The 4th North American Microlepidopterists' Meeting will be held on July 8, 2019, one day before the start of the LepSoc meeting, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (https://www.calacademy.org). The meeting will include both oral and poster presentations and workshops led by invited microlepidopterists. There will be both morning and afternoon sessions, with plenty of time to interact with fellow microlepidopterists and explore the 650,000 specimens in the CAS Lepidoptera collection. This meeting is FREE of charge. The exact meeting schedule and more details will be announced after registration, but we expect the meeting to last most of the day (9 AM - 5 PM or so). All interested persons are welcome to attend! Please use the registration forms at the top of this page to register for the Microlepidopterists' Meeting.

To schedule time in the collections at the California Academy of Sciences outside of the Microlep meeting, please contact the collection manager ahead of your visit, Chris Grinter: cgrinter@calacademy.org.


Local hosts of the meeting are Jeff Smith and Dr. Lynn Kimsey of the Bohart Museum and Dr. Michael Collins of Nevada City, CA. Please contact Jeff Smith (916-624-9401 or meeting@lepsoc.org) with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you in Davis this July!