lep·​i·​dop·​ter·​ist | \ ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rist How to pronounce lepidopterist (audio) \

Definition of lepidopterist

: a specialist in lepidopterology

Examples of lepidopterist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That failure came back to haunt lepidopterists, one of whom discovered a nearly identical butterfly in the early 1980s. Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, "Genetic ‘road map’ reveals the lost birthplace of a 150-year-old butterfly," 9 Sep. 2019 To illustrate Dundy’s story, Wolfe was photographed by Irving Penn, who captured the writer’s ineffable style with his lepidopterist’s eye. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Tom Wolfe: Remembering the Iconic Style of “The Man in the White Suit”," 15 May 2018 Sarah Garrett, a lepidopterist at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado, said people from as far away as the Dakotas have called to report seeing the butterflies, whose population typically surges with plentiful flowers. Bloomberg.com, "Massive Wave of Butterflies Lights Up Denver Weather Radar," 4 Oct. 2017 Hammer suspected the swallowtail was from the West Indies, dug out a rare, out-of-print book by an Oxford lepidopterist and quickly matched it to an image of a Poey. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Rare butterfly, all the way from Cuba, flutters to Key Largo for first U.S. appearance," 22 June 2017

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Lepidopterist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lepidopterist. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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