The Lepidoptera Journal

A new journal first published in 1997 dedicated to the Lepidoptera. Hopefully each issue will be reviewed here as they are published. for more information about the Journal see General Info.

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Volume 1 No. 1
Volume 1 No. 2

Volume 1 No. 1


Published Jan/Mar 1997
44 Pages
As the Editor points out this first issue is a little rough around the edges, though at $4.75 an issue you can not ask for too much, and it will be interesting to see how the journal improves with time and feedback from its readers. I suspect from this first issue that the editors would like to concentrate on the families Sphingidae and Saturniidae, though undoubtedly the contributors will define the eventual scope for the articles.

This issue contains the following articles: Status of the Eastern U.S. Butterfly Atlas, Rearing Hylophora columbia in Eastern Canada, How to find H. columbia cocoons in Fredericton, Canada., Use a Mercury Vapour Light for attracting females, The sound emission in Lepidoptera, The Maltese islands (spingidae), Butterfly poachers netted and On the trails of Florida's endangered butterflies.

I was surprised to see that in a lot of cases the scientific names were not italicised, on some occasions the same name would be in italics at one place and not at another on the same page. Also I think the editors should enlist the help of someone more familiar with the English language as they are aiming, to a large extent, at a primarily English speaking audience. Apart from this I found the article delineating the problems EBA quite enlightening as it reminded me how small the UK is, map production is far simpler over here.

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Volume 1 No. 2


Published Aug/Sep 1997
44 Pages
Issue 2 shows considerable improvement over issue 1. There is a good balance of articles and the whole journal having a more competant look about it. A number of typsetting errors such as 'or ganism' instead of 'organism' on 2 occasions or 'lar ge' and 'of fices' for 'large' 'offices' etc, this is really a small problem of better proof reading and should be easy to eradicate.

Book reviews are always an interesting aspect of journals and I was pleased to read M.Soukup's review of "Silk Moths of North America" in this issue. interestingly, perhaps in counterpoint to their failing to italisize the genus and species names in the last issue, the family names were also italisized in this article, this is not a recomended practice. Ken Phillip's article on "How to collect insects (legally) in Alaska" was clearly written and interesting, and I am sure will have been of use to those considering such an action.

Sergui Mihut's article on sound production in the Lepidoptera was to me the most interesting article in the journal, and though I would hope to see more articles of this nature in the future something needs to be done about the quality of the English. Sentnces like "Up to the present, the majority of the ultrasound apparata were shown on emphasized the surface of tegulae." really make little sense in English and make reading and understanding what was basically a competant article far more work than it should be. Perhaps the journal could use an anglicising editor.

Overall this is an excellent step forward and good value for money, though there are still more improvements to be made. Well done Patrick.

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General Info

A new journal first published in 1997 dedicated to the Lepidoptera. It is aimed at all people interested in lepidoptera, both professional and amateur. Though as it is a relatively small affair Vol 1 No. 1 had 44 A5 size pages, and because it is reasonably cheap I suspect it will be most popular amongst the numerous amateurs that uphold the lepidopteran world. It is published by Patrick Marceau, who is also the editor, it claims an international audience, but as Europe already has several similar journals I suspect its main readership will be in the Americas. It is intending to publish 4 issues a year with each issue divided into 6 sections: 1) Information (news, editor's note, etc.) 2) Books (new books and book reviews). 3) Useful hints, 4) Observation (articles on habitat, biology, conservation, etc.). 5) Lepidoptera market (where members can buy, sell or exchange: livestock, specimens, equipment, books, etc.). 6) Commercial enterprises (advertisements for commercial dealers). I suspect some of the sections will find their borders get a bit blurred with time however it is a nice idea.

Membership USA $ Canada $ Int'l $
Individual 15.00 20.00 20.00
Family/Educator 18.50 25.00 23.50
Supporter 40.00 54.00 45.00
Commercial 1 75.00 100.00 80.00
Commercial 2 150.00 200.00 155.00

For more information contact P. Marceau at pmarceau@cmq.qc.ca
Phone (Mike Soukup) at : (410) 760-3447
Fax 9am to 5pm :(418) 872-1929
Or write to, The Lepidoptera Journal, 1470, St-Olivier, Ancienne-Lorette, Quebéc, G2E 2N9, Canada .

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