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

Stoyan Beshkov

(Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 87) 7089035; 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., Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., Jakšić, P., 2024. Contribution to knowledge of the Balkan Lepidoptera III. — Ecologica Montenegrina, 73: 226—287. doi:10.37828/em.2024.73.21 [PDF]

Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., Danyik, T., Vassilev, K., Toshova, T. B., Beshkov, S., 2023. Phlomis tuberosa L. (Lamiaceae) Confirmed as a Host Plant of Paracossulus thrips (Hübner, 1818) (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) in Bulgaria, with Notes on Habitats and Recommendations of a Survey Method. — Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 75 (2): 259—264. [PDF]

Бешков, С., Нахирнич-Бешкова, А., 2023. План за действие за опазване на пеперудата бяло-V (Nymphalis vaualbum) в България за периода 2024—2033 г. — Министерство на околната среда и водите, София, 116 стр., [PDF]; [резюме PDF], 33 стр.; [приложения PDF].

Бешков, С., Нахирнич-Бешкова, А., 2023. План за действие за опазване на пеперудата Paracossulus (Catopta) thrips (Hübner, 1818) в България за периода 2024—2033 г. — Министерство на околната среда и водите, София, 118 стр., [PDF]; [резюме PDF], 33 стр.; [приложения PDF].

Tzvetkov, P., Dedov, I., Beshkov, S., Shurulinkov, P., 2022. Environmental Dimensions. — In: Pickard, D. (eds) Urban Agriculture for Improving the Quality of Life. Urban Agriculture. Springer, Cham., pp. 111—134. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-94743-9_6

Oláh, J., Beshkov, S., Ibrahimi, H., Kovács, T., Oláh, J. Jr, Vinçon, G., 2022. On the Trichoptera of the Balkan: survey on species complexes of Polycentropus ierapetra, Rhyacophila balcanica, R. bosnica and Notidobia nekibe. — Opusc. Zool. Budapest, 53 (1): 67—111. doi:10.18348/opzool.2022.1.67 [PDF]

Nahirnić-Beshkova, A. Beshkov, S., Jakšić, P., 2022. New records of rare butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) in Albania. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 44 (10): 109—115. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.44.101

Beshkov, S., Nahirnić-Beshkova, A., 2022. Paracossulus thrips (Hübner, 1818) (Cossidae) and Lignyoptera fumidaria (Hübner, 1825) (Geometridae) — two Lepidoptera genera new for Serbia with a review of the distribution of these two Habitats Directive species in the Balkan Peninsula. — Ecologica Montenegrina, 51: 65—80. doi:10.37828/em.2022.51.8 [PDF]

Beshkov, S., 2022. Dyscia intermedia sp. n. — a new Geometrid species from Europe (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae). — Ecologica Montenegrina, 53: 56—72. doi:10.37828/em.2022.53.7 [PDF]

Bereczki, J., Sielezniew, M., Verovnik, R., Beshkov, S., Kuznetsov, G., Bonelli, S., Tóth, J. P., 2022. Phylogeography reveals the origin of the two phenological forms of large blue, Phengaris arion (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). — Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 137 (2): 359—373. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blac081 [PDF]

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