Annual Meeting

The 2017 Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society will be held at the University of Arizona in Tucson from July 30 to August 1.

Online registration and abstract submission is now open at https://lepsoc2017.eventbrite.com.


The 66th annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society will be held from Sunday July 30 - Tuesday August 1, 2017 at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, Arizona which is within walking distance to the University of Arizona Insect Collection (http://www.uainsectcollection.com). This event is hosted by the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. The University of Arizona has recently been ranked the top entomology program in the United States with particular specialties in Biodiversity, Integrative Pest Management and Pollination.

We are looking forward to contributed papers, and special symposia will be for Arizona Lepidoptera, biodiversity (graduate student research), and pollination. Organized activities such as visiting and working in the collection, learning how to be more involved with the Lepidopterists’ Society, and guided collecting and photography adventures await.

Online registration and abstract submission is open at https://lepsoc2017.eventbrite.com. Registration includes facility fees, snacks and the BBQ. Additional tickets for the banquet buffet are available for purchase on the website. Tucson has an airport near town with shuttle and taxi services to the conference location. Hotel accommodations can be made at the Marriott University Park for a discounted rate (https://goo.gl/CMZrpx). There is off street parking near the hotel for an additional fee. The Executive Council will meet on Saturday at 9:00 AM in Forbes Hall on campus. Onsite registration check in begins on Saturday at 4 PM followed by a reception with a no-host bar at Gentle Ben’s restaurant next door to the Marriott. Registration check in will continue on Sunday morning with the conference beginning around 10 AM. The BBQ will be on Sunday evening (price included in registration) and the Banquet will be on Tuesday evening (additional ticket purchase). Additional schedule information will be posted and disseminated on the Lepidopterists' Society Website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please email meeting@lepsoc.org with any questions or concerns.

Tucson is a metropolitan city with an airport, university and a wide variety of dining options. The meeting venue has multiple food venues within walking distance in addition to a light rail which can take you downtown for even more dining options. Tucson was recently named a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, the first in the United States because of its long history of sustainable agriculture and local ingredients. Tucson Botanical Gardens (https://www.tucsonbotanical.org), Tohono Chul Gardens (http://www.tohonochulpark.org) and the Mission Gardens (http://www.tucsonsbirthplace.org/tucsons-birthplace/mission-garden-project/) all interpret this history and provide good opportunities for moth and butterfly photography.

The areas around Tucson offer a wide variety of collecting and photographing opportunities for all insects, especially Lepidoptera. Special attention has been made to account for both the monsoon and the moon phase to schedule this event. A few collecting and photography field trips will be organized and participants are welcome to organize their own informal adventures based on their personal wishes. The Arizona Insect Collection is especially looking forward to hosting moth and butterfly experts in the collection and are including a golf cart service to bring people to and from the collection during the meeting.

Please direct your questions or concerns to meeting@lepsoc.org. Hope to see you in Tucson this July!

- 2017 Organizing Committee (Katy Prudic, Wendy Moore, Gene Hall, Jacqueline Miller, Jennifer Zaspel)