The mission of the Arkansas Lepidoptera Survey is to enhance the fundamental knowledge of butterflies, skippers, and moths in Arkansas. To achieve this mission, its objectives include developing a reference collection of Arkansas Lepidoptera and maintaining a current check list of present, historical and accidental species in Arkansas. The following list includes 1360 species representing 57 families. It was compiled from original field collecting, literature review, and analysis of museum specimens. The Arkansas Lepidoptera Survey established a reference collection of Arkansas butterflies, skippers and moths located in McEver Hall on the Arkansas Tech University campus. This collection currently contains 567 species representing 28 families.

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