McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Ph. D. (1997) in Entomology, University of Florida
Select Recent Publications
- Sourakov, A., Standridge, M.J., Rossetti, K. and Daniels, J.C., 2022. Transformations of Atala: Effects of heparin on wing pattern development of the Atala Butterfly, Eumaeus atala (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeinae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research, pp.127-135.
- Sourakov, A., Zhang, J., Cong, Q., Song, L. and Grishin, N.V., 2022. Erythrina stem borer moth in California–New taxonomic status and implications for control of this emerging pest. Journal of Applied Entomology.
- Sourakov, A. 2020. Emperors, admirals and giants, zebras, tigers and woolly bears: casting a broader net in exploring heparin effects on Lepidoptera wing patterns. F1000Research 7:1842.
- Sourakov, A., Doll C. F., Quinn, A. M., Xiao L., and Anderson E. 2020. On speciation and hybridization among closely related species: establishing an experimental breeding lineage between two species of Automeris …. Insecta Mundi 0797: 1-16
- Sourakov, A. & L. T. Shirai. 2020. Pharmacological and surgical experiments on wing pattern development of Lepidoptera, with a focus on the eyespots of saturniid moths. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 30(1): 4-19.
- Lukhtanov, V., Sourakov, A., Tikhonov, V., Zakharov, E., 2019. Taxonomic Rearrangement of the Erebia tyndarus Species Group (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae) Based on an Analysis of COI Barcodes, Morphology, and Geographic Distribution. Folia Biologica (Kraków), 67(4).
- Sourakov, A. & G. T. Austin. 2019. What one can learn from collecting 25,000 moths in one’s backyard during two years. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 61(2): 92-98.
Lukhtanov V. A., A. Sourakov, E. V. Zakharov, and P. D. N. Hebert, 2009. DNA barcoding Central Asian butterflies: Increasing geographical dimension does not reduce the success of species identification. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9: 1302-1310. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02577.x
Matos-Maraví, P., Águila, R.N., Peña, C., Miller, J.Y., Sourakov, A. and Wahlberg, N., 2014. Causes of endemic radiation in the Caribbean: evidence from the historical biogeography and diversification of the butterfly genus Calisto (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Satyrini). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14(1), pp.1-18.
Sourakov A, Warren Chadd, R.. 2022. The Lives of Moths: A Natural History of Our Planet’s Moth Life. Princeton University Press. 288 p.The book can be ordered from the Amazon , Princeton University Press, or purchased at the giftshop of the Florida Museum of Natural History.
James D, Albaugh D, Cammarata B, Field R, Greeney H, Hortsman J, Morgan S, Pittaway T, Scott JA, Sourakov A, Townsend M, Wolfe K. 2017. The Book of Caterpillars. A life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world. (James DJ, editor). Un. Chicago Pr. 656pp.
- “Man and Microbes” IDH2930, spring 2022-2023 (will be offered again spring 2024)
- “Insects and Plants” IDH2930/ENY4905, (2015-2023). Fall 2023. Course syllabus
- “Individual Studies in Entomology” (arrange by e-mail)
- Visiting lecturer, many UF courses (arrange by e-mail)
- Lecturer/Scientific Leader, Florida Museum Monarch Tours (2018-2022)
Recent Curatorial Activities
- Digitizing Irving Finkelstein Collection
- Accessioning Ronald Flaspohler collection
- Accessioning Knudson/Bordelon collection
- Podcasts, “In Defense of Plants”
- LepCamp: middle school level summer camp instructing how to make insect collections
- Junior Volunteers in Lepidoptera Collections: high school students learning to curate collections
Recent Blog Posts
Moth workshop for kids, anyone?
Recently, we conducted a hands-on science event at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Ocala, about…
Only bite what you can swallow
Last week, I was about to go to work, when I spotted a drama unfolding on my window: a green…
Coral Trees of Los Angeles and the Moths that Attack them
I have been working on moths known as Erythrina Stem Borer (or twig borer) since 2010, which turned out to…
- my Twitter page
- video promoting butterfly gardening
- Zebra Longwing, the official Florida state butterfly (video)
My work featured in Florida Museum’s Science Stories:
About 100 million years ago, a group of trendsetting moths started flying during the day rather than at night, taking…
Nature seems to have an inexhaustible supply of inspiration when it comes to butterflies. With over 18,000 species, each with…
In 2012, a crop of California’s most prized ornamental trees was overrun by an invisible invader. The growing shoots of…
After being in a COVID-19 chrysalis for over a year, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s butterfly garden program is…
The iconic eyespots that some moths and butterflies use to ward off predators likely evolved in distinct ways, providing insights…
It may seem as though the same brown moths circle your porch light each night. But a two-year survey of…
Unlike social insects such as bees and ants, moths are generally loners. So, when Florida Museum of Natural History lepidopterist…
40 years of friendship, 70,000 specimens: Amateur entomologists donate lifetimes’ worth of butterflies and moths
As a 4-year-old, butterfly net in hand, Ed Knudson set out to catch insects in his neighborhood. Little did he…
Florida Museum researcher Andrei Sourakov recently published a paper in the Journal of Natural History on his observations of the…
Take a look at this box of butterflies. How many species do you see? You might be tempted to divide…