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Knudson & Bordelon's Moths of Texas
All Photographs Ed Knudson and Charles Bordelon

Texas, as everyone knows, is a big state. Within its borders may be found more than 5,000 species of lepidoptera. Ed Knudson and Charles Bordelon have been conducting a survey of the entire state and have encountered nearly all of these species, a number of which have yet to be described.

Working as the Texas Lepidoptera Survey they amassed a collection of over 70,000 specimens and produced the Checklist of Texas Lepidoptera as well as several illustrated volumes covering the major biogeographical regions of the state. In 2017 the collection was donated to the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity.

Since 1983 Ed Knudson has been the author or co-author of publications describing more than 40 new species, and has been acknowledged by his peers who have named several species in his honor (most recently Tricholita knudsoni).

Prior to his untimely passing in 2016, Charles Bordelon had performed much of the team's fieldwork and photography and has authored or co-authored a number of papers dealing with Texas moths and butterflies.

We are very grateful for the contributions of both of these talented writers and collectors of badly needed specimen photographs to help complete the plates and species pages at MPG. A list of publications authored by Edward Knudson and/or Charles Bordelon is available at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity website pages here.

  • Plate 01.0

  • Micromoths
  • Plate 02.0
  • Early Macros
  • Plate 03.0
  • Noctuoidea

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