Butterflies are valuable components of our environment. From the grassland-dependent species of the Pacific Northwest to swallowtails of Central and South America, we work to conserve butterflies and moths throughout the world. The Red List of butterflies and moths assessed the conservation needs of some of the most at risk North American species. The Xerces Society works with state and federal agencies, landowners, and other nonprofit organizations to achieve effective Lepidoptera conservation.
2014 Joan DeWind Award Winners Announced
Xerces has announced the winners of the 2014 Joan DeWind Award. This award provides two students each year with an award of $3,750 each for research into the conservation of Lepidoptera, made possible by the generosity of Bill DeWind, husband of longtime Xerces supporter and pioneering member Joan Mosenthal DeWind. Read more
Study Looks at How Controlled Burning Affects Rare Butterfly
A new study from the Xerces Society shows that caution should be used when applying prescribed fire in rare butterfly habitat. This study highlights the need to leave substantial habitat when using fire as a management tool for mardon skippers, and likely other imperiled butterflies.
Read more and download the report
The Xerces Society works to protect the sites where monarchs thrive, breed, migrate, and overwinter.
SE Monarchs, Milkweeds, & Hostplants
The Florida Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Xerces Society, the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, and the U.S. Forest Service, has created educational brochures for the Southeastern and Eastern U.S., about milkweeds, monarchs, and other regional butterfly host plants.
Click here for the Southeast brochure. Click here for the Eastern U.S. brochure.
IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group
The Xerces Society will work to give butterflies a global voice through the newly re-formed IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group. Read more
Red List of Butterflies and Moths
An online list of species profiles that review the status of the approximately fifty North American butterflies and moths most at-risk of extinction.