Butterfly Conservation

Butterflies are valuable components of our environment. From the grassland-dependent species of the Pacific Northwest to swallowtails of Central and South America, we work to conserve butterflies and moths throughout the world. The Red List of butterflies and moths assessed the conservation needs of some of the most at risk North American species. The Xerces Society works with state and federal agencies, landowners, and other nonprofit organizations to achieve effective Lepidoptera conservation.


Xerces Announces the 2016 Joan DeWind Award Winners
Xerces has announced the winners of the 2016 Joan DeWind Award. This award provides two students each year with an award of $3,750 each for research into the conservation of Lepidoptera, made possible by the generosity of Bill DeWind, husband of longtime Xerces supporter and pioneering member Joan Mosenthal DeWind. Read more

Conservation Status and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly in the United States
This report aims to inform government agencies charged with biodiversity protection, as well as conservation organizations and the public in general about the threats to and current conservation status of this much-loved, iconic insect.
Read the report

Monarch Scientists Release Statement Highlighting Concerns with Butterfly Releases
A group of ten monarch researchers and conservationists from across the U.S. has issued a statement highlighting concerns with the release of commercially raised and other mass-reared monarch butterflies and recommended against the practice.
Read the policy

Pollinator recovery

Xerces, Other Conservation Leaders Participate in White House Pollinator Initiative Meeting

Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, attended the White House Pollinator Initiative Stakeholder meeting Wednesday, and provided oral and written comments on how the White House can protect the diverse array of pollinators.
Read the press release and Xerces’ comments


Study Looks at How Controlled Burning Affects Rare Butterfly

A new study from the Xerces Society shows that caution should be used when applying prescribed fire in rare butterfly habitat. This study highlights the need to leave substantial habitat when using fire as a management tool for mardon skippers, and likely other imperiled butterflies.
Read more and download the report

Monarch Campaign
The Xerces Society works to protect the sites where monarchs thrive, breed, migrate, and overwinter.
Read more

SE Monarchs Milkweed and Host Plants

Monarchs & Milkweeds Brochures

The Florida Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Xerces Society, the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, and the U.S. Forest Service, has produced three educational brochures that feature information about monarchs, milkweeds, and other regional butterfly host plants.
Click here for the Southeast brochure. Click here for the Eastern U.S. brochure. Click here for the Northern Great Plains brochure.

IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group
The Xerces Society will work to give butterflies a global voice through the newly re-formed IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group. Read more

Red List of Butterflies and Moths

An online list of species profiles that review the status of the approximately fifty North American butterflies and moths most at-risk of extinction.
Read more

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Program Features
Program Highlights
  • • The Xerces Society has awarded two $3,750 Joan M. DeWind awards for research into lepidoptera conservation
  • Butterfly-a-thon pledges raise $30 per species that Bob Pyle observes for butterfly conservation work
Additional Information
el segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes bernardino allyni) by Larry Orsak