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Brian Scholtens

College of Charleston

Address: Biology Department, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.5451


Ph.D., 1990, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Insect biodiversity and conservation biology; plant-insect interactions

Current and planned research projects

  • Distribution and conservation status of South Carolina butterflies
  • Impact of an introduced bio-control weevil on the endangered Pitcher's thistle
  • Updating the North American list of pyraloid moths
  • Species description of a new pyralid moth from the Appalachians
  • Survey of the moths of Sapelo Island, GA


  • Scholtens, B. G. and C. P. Nusbaum. 2016. New records of sphinx moths in Emmet and Cheboygan Counties, Michigan. Newsletter of the Michigan Entomological Society. 61: 41.
  • Scholtens, B. G. and M. Sabourin. 2016. Moths of the Douglas Lake region (Emmet and Cheboygan Counties), Michigan: VII. Tortricidae (Lepidoptera). Great Lakes Entomol. 49: 59-77.
  • Scholtens, B. G. 2016. Moth. Matthew Gandy. 2016. 238 pp. Reaktion Books LTD, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-78023-585-1. (book review). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 118: 654-655.
  • Scholtens, B. G. and M. A. Solis. 2015. Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America north of America. Zookeys 535: 1-136.
  • Solis, M. A., E. D. Cashatt, and B. G. Scholtens. 2013. New North American Chrysauginae (Pyralidae) described by E. D. Cashatt. Zookeys 344: 55-71.
  • Scholtens, B. G. 2012.  The moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) – The bioblitzes of 2004 and 2011.  Pp. 12-14; 141-175 in D. S. Chandler, D. Manski, C. Donahue, and A. Alyokhin (eds.), Biodiversity of the Schoodic Peninsula: Results of the insect and arachnid bioblitzes at the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, Maine. Maine Agri. For. Exp. Sta. Tech. Bull. 206.
  • Yang, Z., J.-F. Landry, L. Handfield, Y. Zhang, M.A. Solis, D. Handfield, B. G. Scholtens, M. Mutanen, M. Nuss and P. D. N. Herbert. 2012. DNA barcoding and morphology reveal three cryptic species of Anania (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Pyraustinae) in North America, all distinct from their European counterpart. Syst. Entomol. 37: 687-705.
  • Scholtens, B. G. and D. L. Wagner.  2007.  Lepidoptera of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: methods and results of the inventory. Southeastern Naturalist Special issue 1: 193-206.
  • Scholtens, B. G., J. Reznik and J. Holland.  2006.  Factors affecting the distribution of the threatened Lake Huron Locust (Orthoptera: Acrididae).  Journal of Orthoptera Research 14: 45-52.