Lepidoptera

drawer of sack-bearer moth specimens

Houses of silk, poop and plants: Meet the sack-bearer moths

Ryan St Laurent, a doctoral student at the Florida Museum's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, studies an obscure, strange family of moths known as Mimallonidae, or sack-bearer moths. As caterpillars, these insects make houses out of po...
Tom Emmel

Butterfly expert Thomas Emmel has died

The Florida Museum is shocked and saddened by the passing of Thomas Emmel, our colleague and friend, who died over the weekend, apparently from natural causes, ...
Award winners group photo

Austin, Bullen 2018 student research award winners named

The Florida Museum of Natural History recently announced the winners of the 2018 Austin Award and Bullen Award for student research and significant contributions to the development of museum collections and programs. The University Teaching Committee...
luna moth caterpillar

Luna moth caterpillars vs. brown anoles

Luna moth larva showing protective spines. Florida Museum photo by Andrei Sourakov Florida Museum researcher Andrei Sourakov recently published a paper in the Journal of Natural History on his observations of the interactions between invasive bro...