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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

Nahirnić, A., Beshkov, S., 2017. Penestoglossa dardoinella (Millière, 1863) (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) recorded for the first time in Albania. — ZooNotes, 101: 1—3. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., 2017. Contribution to knowledge of the Lepidoptera fauna of the Balkan Peninsula. — Entomologist’s Rec. J. Var., 129: 9—33. [PDF]

Numa, C., van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Wiemers, M., Barrios, V., Allen, D., Sayer, C., López Munguira, M., Balletto, E., Benyamini, D., Beshkov, S., Bonelli, S., Caruana, R., Dapporto, L., Franeta, F., Garcia-Pereira, P., Karaçetin, E., Katbeh-Bader, A., Maes, D., Micevski, N., Miller, R., Monteiro, E., Moulai, R., Nieto, A., Pamperis, L., Pe’er, G., Power, A., Šašić, M., Thompson, K., Tzirkalli, E., Verovnik, R., Warren, M., Welch, H., 2016. The status and distribution of Mediterranean butterflies. — IUCN, Malaga, Spain, x + 32 pp. [PDF]

Nahirnić, A., Beshkov, S., 2016. New records of Penestoglossa dardoinella (Millière, 1863) and Eochorica balcanica (Rebel, 1919) (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) on the Balkan Peninsula. — Nat. Croat., 25 (2): 305—313. DOI: 10.20302/NC.2016.25.26 [PDF]

Nahirnić, A., Beshkov, S., 2016. First report of Desertobia ankeraria (Staudinger, 1861) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in Serbia. — Acta entomologica serbica, 21: 143—146. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.198533 [PDF]

Kostova, R., Lazarov, S., Bekchiev, R., Goranov, S., Simov N., Beshkov, S., 2016. Soil and cave invertebrates from the village Gintsi area. — In: Speleological Studies of Caves in Godech Municipality (Part 1), Association of Speleoclubs in Sofia, Sofia, 39—50. [PDF]

Kaynarov, D., Beshkov, S., 2016. New data on rare and protected butterflies and moths from Bessaparski Ridove Hills, Bulgaria (Insecta: Lepidoptera). — Постер, Младежка научна конференция Климентови дни, 17—18 октомври 2016. [PDF]

Hristova, H., Beshkov, S., 2016. Checklist of the Superfamilies Cossoidea, Thyridoidea, Drepanoidea, Lasiocampoidea, Bombycoidea and Noctuoidea: Notodontidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera) of Bulgaria, with Application of the IUCN Red List Criteria at National Level. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 68 (4): 569—576. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić, A., 2016. New and rare nocturnal Lepidoptera species for Serbia from Preševo District and Pčinja River Valley — hot spots for biodiversity (Insecta: Lepidoptera). — Atalanta, 47 (1/2): 139—149. [PDF]

Beshkov, S., Junnilainen, J., 2016. The first report of Hadena tephroleuca (Boisduval, 1833) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Bulgaria. — ZooNotes 93, 1—3. [PDF]

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