Andrei Sourakov hiking in CaliforniaCollections Coordinator
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

visit Google Scholar profile and Research Gate pages for complete list/reprints


Most cited:

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 Biology14(1), pp.1-18.


little book of butterflies


Sourakov, Andrei and Alexandra A. Sourakov. 2024.The Little Book of Butterflies. Princeton University Press. 160 p.



Lives of Moths



Sourakov A, Warren Chadd, R.. 2022. The Lives of Moths: A Natural History of Our Planet’s Moth Life. Princeton University Press. 288 p.


These books can be ordered from the Amazon , Princeton University Press, or purchased at the giftshop of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Book of Caterpillars cover


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.


6 articles, and over 100 photographs in Encyclopedia of Entomology. 2008. (Capinera, J.L., editor). Springer. 4,346pp, 128 color plates.




Recent Curatorial Activities

See Florida Museum’s PR release on donation of Knudson/Bordellon collection to the University of Florida


Ep. 251 – A Florida Moth Keeping Invasive Species in Check

Ep. 274 – Hollow Trees = Habitat

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