The Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild (ALG) is a
non-profit society made up of amateur and professional Lepidopterists.
Our objective is to support and encourage the study and appreciation
of Alberta Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). We coordinate research
projects, facilitate the exchange of information among members,
and host events where people can collect and look at Lepidoptera
and exchange information and ideas. We have an elected executive,
and hold at least one annual general meeting to handle society business.
We also host a members-only electronic bulletin board, and numerous
scientific and social events throughout the province.
Alberta is a province in western Canada which includes a diverse
range of habitats, including mountains, boreal forest, and prairie.
Over 3000 species of butterflies and moths are thought to live here;
so far about three-quarters of these are known.
New Publication by ALG Members
An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada.
ZooKeys 38 (2010) Special Issue. doi:10.3897/zookeys.38.383
Four ALG members have recently published an annotated checklist of Alberta
Lepidoptera. It lists 2367 species reported to occur in the province,
as well as 138 species whose occurrence in Alberta is probable. Each species
entry includes adult flight time and distribution status in the Cordilleran,
Boreal, and Grasslands ecozones, as well as references to taxonomic works
and to the literature and public collection sources of the records. Detailed
notes on taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, habitat, and biology are
given for over 1500 of the listed species. An additional section provides
details on 171 species erroneously reported from Alberta in previous works.
An introductory section provides a general overview of the order Lepidoptera
and the natural regions of Alberta, and the history and current state
of knowledge of Alberta Lepidoptera. Each of the 63 families (and selected
subfamilies) occurring in Alberta is briefly reviewed, with information
on distinguishing features, general appearance, and general biology. The
list is accompanied by an appendix of proposed nomenclature changes, consisting
of revised status for 25 taxa raised from synonymy to species level, and
new synonymy for 20 species-level and one genus-level taxa here considered
to be subjective synonyms, with resultant revised synonymy for one taxon
and formalization of seven new combinations.