Dr. Andrei Sourakov

Andrei Sourakov profileCollections Coordinator
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Email: asourakov@flmnh.ufl.edu

Ph. D. (1997) in Entomology, University of Florida

Select Recent Publications (for complete list, see CV):

Most cited (157 citations): 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


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.


  • “Insects and Plants”  IDH2930 or ENY4905  This course will be offered again in the Fall 2020. Past course syllabus 
  • Individual Studies in Entomology” (arrange by e-mail)

Recent Curatorial Activities:

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

  • Processing and integrating into McGuire collection moth samples from around the world (over 300,000 specimens in the last 7 years)

Recent outreach activities:

My interview with “In Defense of Plants” about the Rattlebox Plants (Crotalaria) and the associated Bella Moth (Uthetheisa ornatrix)



TV 20 special coverage of the project





  • Leading tours to Mexico to visit overwintering sites of monarch butterflies (next trip Feb 2021)


Photography and Film

 My research featured in Florida Museum’s Science Stories:











Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications – PDF