The Lepidopterists' Society of Southern Africa ('LepSoc') was born in 1983 as the Lepidoptera Study Group of Southern Africa.
LepSoc created a forum for lepidopterists to communicate. New friendships began; efforts were coordinated. New discoveries were made and the known range of many species was extended widely.
LepSoc publishes a journal, Metamorphosis, which has recently gone electronic. It has also published many books and papers on African lepidoptera.
In 1996 LepSoc changed its official name to The Lepidopterists' Society of Africa.
LepSoc's focus has shifted from specialists and collectors to a wider, more public conservation-focussed approach. Efforts to create reserves to protect endangered butterflies have grown into COREL – Custodians Of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera, set up to safeguard all our threatened species.
Via citizen science projects created in partnership with the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) of the University of Cape Town, and SA National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), LepSoc has become active in encouraging the public to take part.
Interest in butterflies and moths (or 'Lepis') has never been higher, and it is growing. You can contribute, and keep yourself in contact and involved, by joining LepSoc.