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Dr Stoyan Beshkov, entomologist, head of Invertebrates Department. Photo: (c) S. Beshkov
Dr Stoyan Beshkov, entomologist, head of Invertebrates Department. Photo: (c) S. Beshkov
Prime Butterfly Areas in Bulgaria — Identifying and describing the most important sites for butterflies in the country

Stoyan Beshkov

(Associate Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 89) 6869601; e-mail:

Born: 31 August 1962, Sofia.
Education: Department of Ecology and Nature Protection at the Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ (1987); biologist (1987—2001), PhD (2001), Associate Professor (since 2003).
Speciality: ecology, entomology.

Research interests

Faunistics, taxonomy and systematics of Balkan’s Noctuidae
Zoogeography of West Palaearctic Noctuidae
Troglophilous Lepidoptera
Macrolepidoptera of the Balkan Peninsula
Protection of the natural habitats of butterflies and moths
NATURA 2000 Network
Leafmining moths of the Balkan Peninsula as co-worker with Prof. Jaroslaw Buszko (Torun, Poland)

Field research

Macrolepidoptera of Bulgaria — since 1984
Eastern Rhodopi, SE Bulgaria — 1989—2001
Several (more than 18) years field research in Kresna Gorge, SW Bulgaria
‘Steneto’ National Park, Central Stara Planina Mts, BG — 1986—1993
Besaparskite Ridove Hills; Black Sea Coast; W Stara Planina Mts, etc. — since 1984
Lepidoptera of Turkey — 8 collecting trips since 1991
Lepidoptera of Macedonia and Greece — several trips since 1992
Macrolepidoptera of Albania — 6 trips since 1992
Macrolepidoptera of West Palaearctic — since 1991
Macrolepidoptera of Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo — 2001
Macrolepidoptera of Montenegro — several trips in 2001, 2002, 2004
Macrolepidoptera of Tunisia — trip in 2006


Prime Butterfly Areas in Bulgaria, BBI Matra Project, Coordinator for Bulgaria 2005—2007
Favourable Conservation Status for NATURA 2000 species, BBI Matra Project (Coordinator for Invertebrates, 2006—2007)
Expert on Biodiversity (Lepidoptera) and involved in the Action Plans for several parks and many protected areas in Bulgaria


SEL — Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica
Forum Herbulot
Butterfly Conservation Europe
Member and constitutor of several NGO-s for nature protection; Member of editorial board of two foreign journals

Most recent publications

Beshkov, S., Plant, C. W., Nahirnić, A., King, A., Jakšić, P., 2020. A contribution to knowledge of Balkan Lepidoptera: moths collected in May-June 2018 in Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania. — Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var., 132: 24—45. [PDF]

Oláh, J., Andersen, T., Beshkov, S., Coppa, G., Ruiz Garcia, A., Johanson, K. A., 2019. Revision of European Wormaldia species (Trichoptera, Philopotamidae): Chimeric taxa of integrative organisation. — Opusc. Zool. Budapest, 50 (1): 31—85. [PDF]

Oláh, J., Andersen, T., Beshkov, D., Bilalli, A., Coppa, G., Ibrahimi, H., Johanson, K. A.., Kovács, T., Mey, W., Musliu, M., Oláh Jr, J., Ruiz-Garcia, A., 2019. Lineage sorting by parameres in Limnephilinae subfamily (Trichoptera): with description of a new tribe, new genera and new species. — Opusc. Zool. Budapest, 50 (Supplementum 1): 3—98. [PDF]

Nahirnić, A., Beshkov, S., Kaynarov, D., 2019. New records of Adscita obscura (Zeller, 1847) (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae, Procridinae) on the Balkan Peninsula. — Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Plovdiv, 4: 15—19. [PDF]

Maes, D., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., Brosens, D., Beshkov, S.,…, 2019. Integrating national Red Lists for prioritising conservation actions for European butterflies. — Journal of Insect Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10841-019-00127-z

Kostova, R., Bekchiev, R., Beshkov, S., 2019. Coleoptera and Lepidoptera (Insecta) diversity in the central part of Sredna Gora Mountains (Bulgaria). — Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta, 10: 75—95. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić, A., 2019. A contribution to knowledge of the Balkan Lepidoptera: species collected in the autumn of 2018 in Albania (Macrolepidoptera with some Crambidae). — Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var., 131: 66—102. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić, A., 2019. A contribution to knowledge of Balkan Lepidoptera: some new and rare species for Albania and North Macedonia (Macrolepidoptera). — Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var., 131: 242—260. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Micevski, N., 2019. Eupithecia gratiosata Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 and Metachrostis dardouini (Boisduval, 1840) new for the Republic of Macedonia. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 37: 1—4. [PDF]

Wagner, W., Beshkov, S., 2018. Notes on the preimaginal stages and ecology of Hadena drenowskii (Rebel, 1930) in Southwest Bulgaria (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). — Nachr. entomol. Ver. Apollo, N. F. 39 (1): 44—48. [PDF]

More complete list of publications — section e-Natura | Staff publications