2nd SEL Field Congress July 26–31, 2021 in North Macedonia

The second SEL Field Congress is currently planned tor take place in the summer of 2021 in the time of July 26–31. It will take you to the Sharr Mountain area, northwest of the town of Tetovo. Detailed information on the field congress, including a registration form, is available at the field congress website.


SELepidoptera News 65

Today issue 65 of our SELepidoptera Newsletter was published. Among others, it contains information on the postponing of the 22nd SEL Congress to 2022. You can download a PDF copy of the newsletter here.


Cancellation of the second SEL Field Congress 2020 to North Macedonia

Due to the Covid-19 situation, SEL council has unanimously decided that the second SEL Field Congress this year in the North Macedonian Sharr Mountain area has to be cancelled, with the option to postpone it to 2022, as in 2021 we meet for the “normal” SEL Congress in Estonia. Further related information will be announced in coming SELepidoptera newsletters. People who have already registered will be reimbursed. SEL council takes the opportunity to thank Vladimir Krpach for his efforts in organizing this Field Congress.


Save the Water Framework Directive

Today, the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica and 11 other organisations plus nearly 500 individual signatories have released an Open Letter to Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, and Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, to save the Water Framework Directive in its current form and to step up its implementation to ensure the health and future resilience of Europe’s freshwater ecosystems.

You can read the Open Letter here. For more info on this initiative you can visit WWF Europe's website.


Open Letter to the European Parliament

The European Mammal Foundation, together with other European scientific and conservation organisations like Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica, has released an Open Letter to the European Parliament. The letter is urging for a profound reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to halt the catastrophic declines of mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian and insect populations observed all over Europe. You can read the Open Letter here.

If you are a scientist who shares these concerns, please also consider becoming a signatory of the call „Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges“.

 SELepidoptera News — Nouvelles — Nachrichten

 This is the informal communication medium for members of the Societas  Europaea Lepidopterologica in English, French and German. It is  published at irregular intervals by Dominic Wanke, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Rosenstein 1, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany. e-mail: dominic.wanke(at)

Here are the latest issues of our news for download:

News 65 February 2021 (PDF, 5950 KB)

News 64 July 2020 (PDF, 5759 KB)

News 63 November 2019 (PDF, 4090 KB)

News 62 March 2019 (PDF, 2658 KB)

News 61 October 2018 (PDF, 5356 KB)

News 60 February 2018 (PDF, 3513 KB)

News 59 June 2018 (PDF, 4937 KB)

News 58 December 2016 (PDF, 3525 KB)

News 57 June 2016 (PDF, 6342 KB)

News 56 December 2015 (PDF, 3895 KB)

News 55 May 2015 (PDF, 2242 KB)

News 54 December 2014 (PDF, 3309 KB)

News 53 November 2013 (PDF, 1964 KB)

News 52 April 2013 (PDF, 1144 KB)

News 51 October 2012 (PDF, 2189 KB)

News 50 September 2011 (PDF, 2403 KB)

News 49 December 2010 (PDF, 1349 KB)

News 48 May 2010 (PDF, 1012 KB)

News 47 November 2009 (PDF, 1437 KB)

News 46 May 2009 (PDF, 904 KB)

News 45 November 2008 (PDF, 233 KB)

News 44 May 2008 (PDF, 805 KB)

News 43 October 2007 (PDF, 867 KB)

News 42 May 2007 (PDF, 754 KB)

News 41 November 2006 (PDF, 1108 KB)

News 40 January 2006 (PDF, 1354 KB)

News 39 March 2005 (PDF, 288 KB)

News 38 September 2004 (PDF, 596 KB)

News 37 January 2004 (PDF, 476 KB)

News 36 May 2003 (PDF, 616 KB)

News 35 March 2002 (PDF, 444 KB)

News 34 July 2001 (PDF, 694 KB)