SEL Study Areas

SEL Study Areas are sites with a high interest for lepidopterologists. They are chosen for their outstanding diversity in moth and butterfly species.

The close collaboration with local coordinators allows SEL members to easily obtain a sampling permit for these areas. Please get in contact with Gerhard Tarmann, our main coordinator for the Study Areas (see contact information below), if you wish to use the opportunity to collect in these areas or if you have questions regarding the Study Areas.


Main coordinator

Dr. Gerhard M. Tarmann

Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen

Feldstraße 11a, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

e-mail:, tel: (+ 43 512) 59589 412


For many SEL members Lepidoptera collecting is a major interest. The society has a clear stand that collecting is a necessary requirement for the scientific study of Lepidoptera.

Collecting must be undertaken in compliance with legal national and international regulations.

The first region elected to be an SEL Study Area in 2004 are the Sesvenna Alps in South Tyrol (Italy).

The long-term survey of this area by the Tiroler Landesmuseum in Innsbruck evaluated it as a region of high species richness, with more than 1,000 Lepidoptera species recorded.

The second SEL Study Area was established in the Romanian Trascău Mountains around the village of Rimetea.

The area was visited by many society members during the 16th SEL Congress held in Cluj-Napoca in 2009.

The third SEL Study Area is located in the Southwest part of North Macedonia, near the border to Albania and Greece.

It comprises the National Park of the Galičica mountain range between Lakes Ohrid and Prespa.