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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

Plant, C. W., Beshkov, S., Jakšić, P., King, A., Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., 2021. First report of Acasis appensata (Eversmann, 1842) in Serbia with an examination of the genus Acasis Duponchel, 1845 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) on the Balkan Peninsula. — Acta Entomologica Serbica, 26 (1): 31—40. doi:10.5281/zenodo.5008943 [PDF]

Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., Toshova, T. B., Beshkov, S., 2021. New Data for the Zygaenidae (Lepidoptera) from the Sakar Mountain, Bulgaria. — Acta Zoologica Bulgarica. [PDF]

Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., Beshkov, S., Kucherenko, E. E., Efetov, K. A., 2021. Theresimima ampellophaga (Bayle-Barelle, 1808) rediscovered in the Republic of North Macedonia by using sex attractant traps (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae). — SHILAP Revta. lepid., 49 (193): 161—170. [PDF]

Korompai, T., Tóth, B., Beshkov, S., Szederjesi, T., 2021. Species Action Plan for Anker moth (Erannis ankeraria). — Bioaqua Pro Ltd, Debrecen et Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest. [PDF (In Albanian); PDF (In Macedonian); PDF (In Montenegrin); PDF (In Serbian)]

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., 2021. Paracossulus thrips (Hübner, 1818) (Lep. Cossidae) re-discovered in Bulgaria with notes of some other surprising findings in the Dragoman Natura 2000 Protected Area. — Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var., 133: 22—30. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., 2021. Contribution to knowledge of the Balkan Lepidoptera II (Lepidoptera: Macrolepidoptera). — Ecologica Montenegrina, 42: 1—44. doi:10.37828/em.2021.42.1 [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Gashtarov, V., Hula, V., 2021. Contribution to knowledge of the Balkan Macroheterocera: new and rare species for Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania. — Nota lepidopterologica, 44: 223—237. doi:10.3897/nl.44.64804 [PDF]

Plant, C. W., Beshkov, S., Nahirnić, A., 2020. A new species of Elegia (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae, Phycitinae) from the Balkan Peninsula. — Nota Lepidopterologica, 43: 311—318. doi:10.3897/nl.43.54508 [PDF]

Oláh, J., Vinçon, G., Andersen, T., Beshkov, S., Ciubuc, C., Coppa, G., Hendrich, L., Johanson, K. A., Salokannel, J., Szczesny, B., 2020. Revision of the European Rhyacophila fasciata species complex by fine phenomics of the paramere (Trichoptera, Rhyacophilidae). — Opusc. Zool. Budapest, 51 (1): 21—54. [PDF]

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]

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