2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society

Cancelled (rescheduled for 2021)


UPDATE 3/27: We regret to inform our members that the LepSoc 2020 Annual Meeting is cancelled. WCU has cancelled all on-campus events through at least June. We will plan on holding the 2021 meeting at the same location on the same week in 2021 (June 15 - June 18), Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. LepSoc leadership appreciates all of the hard work by the organizing committee, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!

Please join us for the 69th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists’ Society, held from Tuesday, June 16 – Friday June 19, 2020 in Cullowhee, North Carolina. We will be meeting in conjunction with the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society and the Tropical Lepidoptera Society. The meeting will be hosted by Western Carolina University and Dr. James Costa. WCU is the westernmost university in the UNC system, located in a valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Started in 1889, it is a comprehensive university for 11,000 undergraduates and graduates. Dr. Costa has been in the Department of Biology at WCU since 1996 and the director the Highlands Biological Station since 2005. He has studied and published extensively on social behavior in caterpillars and is a Darwin scholar, recently recognized as a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Prize for his book "Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory."

Field Trips will be organized for Tuesday (16 June), and the welcome reception will be on campus Tuesday evening. The Executive Council meeting of the Lepidopterists’ Society is scheduled for Tuesday (16 June); the Southern Lepidopterists' Society business meeting will convene sometime Wednesday through Friday (to be announced). Talks are scheduled for Wednesday through Friday (17-19 June). The barbecue will be held Thursday evening at the Highlands Biological Station (followed by blacklighting for anybody interested), and the banquet Friday evening. Main sessions and the Friday banquet will be on campus, with housing conveniently located in Blue Ridge Hall on campus.

Online registration will be done through WCU. We encourage contributed papers and posters by anyone who is interested in presenting! Look for links for registration and abstract submissions and additional details coming soon on this web page.

Western Carolina University is part of the University of North Carolina system. The picturesque campus is situated in the western North Carolina mountains at an elevation of about 2,100 feet (640 m) but elevations up to about 6,000 feet (1,829 m) are adjacently accessible by road. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and Nantahala National Forest are all within fairly close driving distance. Since WNC is located in the Appalachian Mountains, there is no direct way of travelling to Cullowhee. The closed airport is Asheville Regional Airport, in Asheville, NC, from here WCU is about 45 miles.


Western North Carolina University: https://www.wcu.edu/

Highlands Biological Station: https://highlandsbiological.org/

North Carolina National Forests: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nfsnc/home

Asheville, North Carolina: https://www.exploreasheville.com/


The LepSoc 2020 meeting organizing committee consists of James Costa and Brian Scholtens. Please email meeting@lepsoc.org with any questions regarding the meeting. Hope to see you in North Carolina this July!