Two societies for studying Lepidoptera, the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society and the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera combined their annual meetings and gathered at the McGuire Center 13-15 October 2023. More than 50 people attended and enjoyed a variety of Lepidoptera talks and posters by society members and McGuire Center students and staff. Eleven of the participants traveled from outside of our state to enjoy the warm weather and Lepidoptera collecting around Northcentral Florida.

Events started on Friday with a reception and nearby collecting at the Split Rock Conservation Area which were hosted by Bob Belmont. Nineteen talks were given on Saturday and Sunday at the McGuire Center’s conference room. During the banquet on Saturday night, guests were treated to an exciting account of Bill Berthet’s travels to photograph Lepidoptera in Bhutan. Attendees also had the opportunity to study the McGuire Center’s collections before and after the conference.

The full meeting program is available on the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society website. Southern Lepidopterist’s Chairman, David Fine, produced a video for his Keys Moths YouTube channel showing some meeting highlights and his talk on the life history of the Amethyst Hairstreak, Chlorostrymon maesites.