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Zdravko Kolev

(Associate, MSc)

Born: August 10, 1972.

Education: MSc in ecological zoology and environmental sciences (University of Helsinki, Finland, 2008).

Expertise and interests: General biology, zoology, general entomology, lepidopterology; interdisciplinary ecological research; scientific illustration; popularization of biological sciences.

Research interests

Taxonomy, ecology, conservation and faunistics of butterflies and skippers (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea) of Bulgaria, the Balkan Peninsula and the western Palaearctic region.
Taxonomy and systematics of Lycaenidae and Nymphalidae, using karyosystematics and statistical morphometrics alongside traditional morphological and anatomical methods.

Website: Butterflies of Bulgaria
Facebook group: Butterflies and moths of Bulgaria

Field research and expeditions

Bulgaria (since 1985), Greece (since 2008), Morocco (2010), Russia: Buryatia (1998)

Described taxa

Polyommatus orphicus Kolev, 2005
Polyommatus ripartii budashkini Kolev & De Prins, 1995

Butterfly species newly discovered or confirmed in Bulgaria

Gegenes pumilio (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
Spialia phlomidis (Herrich-Schäffer, [1845])
Muschampia cribrellum (Eversmann, 1841)
Euchloe penia (Freyer, [1851])
Rubrapterus bavius Eversmann, 1832
Polyommatus orphicus Kolev, 2005
Polyommatus aroaniensis (Brown, 1976)
Polyommatus nephohiptamenos (Brown & Coutsis, 1978)
Polyommatus andronicus Coutsis & Ghavalas, 1995
Nymphalis vaualbum ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Butterfly species newly discovered in North Europe

Euchloe ausonia (Hübner, 1803)
Cupido alcetas (Hoffmansegg, 1804)


Societas europaea lepidopterologica
Finnish Lepidopterist Society

Most recent publications

Kolev, Z., 2017. Rubrapterus bavius (Eversmann, 1832), a butterfly genus and species new to Bulgaria (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). — ZooNotes, 114: 1—4. [PDF]

Shtinkov, N., Kolev, Z., Vila, R., Dincă, V., 2016. The sibling species Leptidea juvernica and L. sinapis (Lepidoptera, Pieridae) in the Balkan Peninsula: ecology, genetic structure, and morphological variation. — Zoology, 119 (1): 11—20. [PDF]

Kolev, Z., Shtinkov, N., 2016. The Pygmy Skipper Gegenes pumilio: a new species to Bulgaria, and a confirmation of its occurrence in the Eastern Balkan Peninsula (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). — Phegea, 44: 17—22. [PDF]

Kolev, Z., Shtinkov, N., 2015. Notes on the distribution and conservation status of the Violet Copper Lycaena helle (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in Bulgaria. — Phegea, 43: 15—21. [PDF]

Shtinkov, N., Kolev, Z., 2014. Pyrgus andromedae (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) at the southernmost limit of its distribution: the Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria. — Phegea, 42: 42—46. [PDF]

Kolev, Z., Kullberg, J., Paukkunen, J., 2010. [Euchloe ausonia (Hübner, 1803): a genus and species new to Finland and North Europe]. — Baptria, 2/2010: 42—43. (in Finnish) [PDF]

Kolev, Z., 2010. A significant range extension for Pyrgus cacaliae (Rambur, 1839) with the first record from the western Balkan Peninsula (Hesperiidae). — Nota lepidopterologica, 33: 107—113. [PDF]

Dincă, V., Kolev, Z., Verovnik, R., 2010. The distribution, ecology and conservation status of the Spinose Skipper Muschampia cribrellum (Eversmann, 1841) at the western limit of its range in Europe (Hesperiidae). — Nota lepidopterologica, 33: 39—57. [PDF]

Kolev, Z., 2005. Notes on the distribution and ecology of Balkan populations of the Plebeius idas - group (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). — Phegea, 33: 13—22. [PDF]

Kolev, Z., 2005. New data on the taxonomic status and distribution of Polyommatus andronicus Coutsis & Ghavalas, 1995 (Lycaenidae). — Nota lepidopterologica, 28: 35—48. [PDF]

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