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LepSoc Africa participates in a wide range of butterfliy and moth conservation and scientific projects, some initiated by LepSoc Africa and others in partnership. There are projects for all skill levels, from casual photographers to more serious scientific researchers. Many of the projects need you to be a member of the Society to take fully take part. The conservation projects are funded by the Brenton Blue Trust.




Centre for African Butterflies (CAB)

The Afrotropical bioregion contains the second largest diversity of butterflies on earth, behind only the Amazonian rainforest. The well-publicised Insect Apocalypse is a reality - the only serious debate is whether climate change, the use of insecticides, or ongoing habitat destruction are the principal drivers.

The material in private collections, in South Africa particularly, includes representatives of species that will probably never be seen in the wild again.

LepSoc Africa has therefore commenced with a storage facility for African lepidoptera specimens (butterflies and moths). This facility will be housed on private property and we hope it will become the safe home for many precious and scarce specimens of lepidoptera collected over many years by eminent African lepidopterists.


The COREL (Custodians Of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera) programme was initiated by LepSoc Africa in 2011 and aims to secure the survival of our threatened butterfly and moth species. It is funded by the Brenton Blue Trust.

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Caterpillar Rearing Group

The Caterpillar Rearing Group (CRG) was launched in 2012 and combines the efforts of both expert lepidopterists and citizen scientists to discover the life histories of all Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) occurring in Africa. If you’ve found a strange caterpillar eating your plants and you want to know what it will become, this is the project for you. You don't have to be a LepSoc Africa member to take part, but if the "rearing bug" bites you will want to meet your fellow rearers and becoming a member is the best way to do this.

Lepidops / Lepibase

The development of this software programme by Bennie and Andre Coetzer began in 1998 It allows LepSoc Africa members to upload their collection and observation data into a databse, and to use collection curation tools such as specimen labels. Lepibase combines all these records and allows Lepidoptera distribution data to be stored and analysed to produce distribution maps.


LepiMAP is an African Lepidoptera mapping project. It is run jointly by the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town (ADU) and the LepSoc Africa. The aim of the project is to determine the distribution and conservation status of butterflies and moths in Africa. It combines the enthusiasm of citizen scientist (photographers) with the expertise of lepidopterists who can identify their pictures. You don't have to be a LepSoc Africa member to participate.


Completed Projects


In 2005, a three-way partnership between LepSoc Africa, the Animal Demographic Unit (ADU) of the University of Cape Town, and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) was initiated. The Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) was set up to gather all the available data on our butterflies' numbers and distribution, assisting SANBI in its mandate to report to government on the health of South Africa’s biodiversity.


SALCA (Southern African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment) was initiated in 2015 by LepSoc Africa as a response to SANBI's call for experts to contribute to the five year National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA) programme. The project aims to assess the conservation status of southern African butterflies and moths, and is due for completion during 2017. This is a members only project, as it requires a high degree of expertise, and is funded by SANBI.

Karoo BioGaps Project

This project aims to fill biodiversity information gaps, to promote better informed development decision making in the Karoo, in order to conserve important biodiversity assets. The project was launched in 2016, and is funded by SANBI. Experts from thirteen "taxon groups" are contributing, and LepSoc Africa has been contracted to conduct surveys on 50 sites thoughout the so-called shale gas exploration area of the Karoo. Participants need to be members (permits are required), who are expert at butterfly identification, and the project will run until December 2018.


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