5. Studying and Sampling Lepidoptera for Conservation

  1. T.R. New

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch5

Lepidoptera and Conservation

Lepidoptera and Conservation

How to Cite

New, T.R. (ed) (2013) Studying and Sampling Lepidoptera for Conservation, in Lepidoptera and Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 10 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118409213

Online ISBN: 9781118409220



  • conservation;
  • critical faunas;
  • Lepidoptera;
  • sampling approaches


Determining the conservation status and needs of any species is ideally founded in sound knowledge of the biology of that species, and information on changes in its abundance and distribution. The roles for field work in Lepidoptera conservation are very varied, and range from autecological studies of individual taxa or populations, most commonly rare and elusive species and small and area-restricted populations, and so of primary conservation interest, to inventory studies to evaluate and compare local taxon representation and diversity in time and space. Thorough consideration of methods available, such as whether standardised sampling or inspection approaches are suitable or more innovative measures may be needed, and for the proposed approach to be informed by review of any previous studies on the same or similar taxa or habitats are clear planning needs, together with very clear definition of the objectives of the study.