Insect faunistics

Past research

My studies of insect faunistics have been restricted to the subarctic and arctic regions of Eurasia. Beginning in 1981, I collected insects in the Kola Peninsula in north-western Russia. After more than 30 years of my research, this area has become one of the best studied regions of Russia in terms of moth and butterfly fauna. During the past decade, I explored insects of the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia and of the Arkhangelsk oblast of Russia.

Ongoing research

I continue to sample insects (now including beetles, ants and wasps) in remote parts of the Arkhangelsk oblast and Kola Peninsula, and I am preparing a manuscript on the moths and butterflies inhabiting the arctic islands of European Russia (Vaygach, Novaya Zemlya, Kolguev and Dolgij).

Featured publications

Kozlov, M. V., Zverev, V. & Kullberg, J. (2014) Moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of the Arkhangelsk oblast of Russia: an annotated checklist. Entomologica Fennica25, 113–141. (PDF)

The first regional checklist includes 1,036 species of moths and butterflies (538 species of microlepidoptera and 498 species of macrolepidoptera), 496 of which have been found in the Arkhangelsk oblast for the first time.

Kullberg, J., Filippov, B. Yu., Zubrij, N. A. & Kozlov, M. V. (2013) Faunistic notes on Lepidoptera collected from arctic tundra in European Russia. Nota Lepidopterologica36, 127-136. (PDF)

We report the results of a survey made on KaraSea coast near Amderma (N 69°46′, E 61°40′) from 18 June to 3 August 2012. This survey yielded 156 specimens of 29 species of Lepidoptera, 16 of which are new for the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Kozlov, M. V. & Kullberg, J. (2011) New and interesting records of Lepidoptera from the Kola Peninsula, Northwestern Russia, in 2000-2009. Entomologica Fennica, 21, 254–272. (PDF)

We report 65 species of Lepidoptera that are new for the fauna of the Kola Peninsula. Critical revision of published data added further 59 species to the regional fauna, while 60 species are excluded as erroneous or doubtful records. The fauna of moths and butterflies of the Murmansk region now totals 813 species.

Paukkunen, J. & Kozlov, M. V. (2015) Stinging wasps, ants and bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) of the Murmansk region, Northwest Russia. Entomologica  Fennica26, 53-73. (PDF)

The first regional checklist includes 123 species of aculeate Hymenoptera reported from the Murmansk region.


V. Dubatolov
B. Filippov
P. Ivinskis
†J. Jalava
J. Kullberg
N. Shutova
S. Sinev
N. Zubrij
V. Zverev

Co-operating scientists

I. Bolotov
L. Kaila,
A. Lvovsky
O. Makarova
A. Matov
V. Mironov
E. J. van Nieukerken
J. Paukkunen
†M. Podbolotskaya
A. Popov
A. Tikhomirov
E. Tsvetkov
M. Tähtinen
†L. Zelenova


Academy of Finland
Otto Malm Foundation
Finnish Lepidopterological Society
Percy Sladen Memorial Fund

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