(D. L. Matthews)

Biological Scientist
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida, P. O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

Photo courtesy Mike Stangeland,

Research Interests

My research interests include systematics of Pterophoridae, especially larval hostplant associations, life history, morphology and taxonomy of larvae and pupae. Faunistic studies have concentrated on Pterophoridae of the Nearctic Region, especially in the southeastern United States, as well as Central America and the Caribbean Basin. Current projects include an inventory of the Lepidoptera of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and biodiversity studies of the Lepidoptera of Honduras and the Bahamas.


Ph.D., 2006. Entomology, University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Dissertation: Matthews, D.L. 2006. Larvae and Pupae of Nearctic Pterophoridae: A Synopsis of Life Histories, Morphology, and Taxonomy (Lepidoptera: Pterophoroidea). PhD Thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville. 959 pp.

M.S., 1989. Entomology, University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Thesis: Matthews, D.L. 1989. The Plume Moths of Florida (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). MS Thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville. 347 pp.

B.A., 1986. Biology, New College of USF, Sarasota, Florida. Honors thesis: Matthews, D.L. 1986. An ecological analysis of an insect assemblage of Yucca in Florida with descriptive notes on the autecologies of selected taxa.

Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida 1979-1982
Hannibal Central High School, Hannibal, New York 1978-1979

Plume Moth Publications

Matthews, D.L.and C.V. Covell, Jr. 2021. Common names of North American plume moths (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News 43(2): 123-148.

Hunt, A. and D.L. Matthews. 2020. Pterophoridae recorded on Block Island (Rhode Island, USA), 2018-2019. News of the Lepidopterists' Society 62(2): 68-74. 1.75M

Matthews, D.L., J.Y. Miller, M. Simon, and G. Goss. 2019. Additions to the plume moth fauna of The Bahamas. Insecta Mundi 0708:1-35. 13M

Matthews, D.L., T.A. Lott, J.Y. Miller, J.K. Toomey, and R.W. Portell. 2019. Plume moths recorded from the United States naval base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. News of the Lepidopterists' Society 61(1):14-19. 37M

Matthews, D.L., V.A. Brou, R. Tyler, and C.M. Allen. 2018. Plume moths (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' News 40(3): 197-203. 1.7M

Bergum, M., N. Cleavitt, and D. Matthews. 2018. An unexpected visitor to a round leaved orchid. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(9): 502. 2.8M

Matthews, D.L. 2017. A new species of Oxyptilus Zeller from the southwestern United States (Lepidoptera, Pterophoridae). ZooKeys 698: 75-93. 7M

Matthews, D.L. and J.K. Adams. 2017. Hellinsia costatus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921), a new plume moth record for the Georgia fauna (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News 39(1): 4-6. 6M

Matthews, D.L., C. Gielis, and R.A. Watkins. 2014. Three new species of Pselnophorus plume moths from southern United States (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Insecta Mundi 0364: 1-18. 852K

Matthews, D.L. and M.E. Pérez. 2014. Description of the natural history and immature stages of Postplatyptilia caribica Gielis in Puerto Rico (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Zootaxa 3821 (3): 363-372. 2.8M

Hernández, L.C., L.S. Fuentes, G.E. Fajardo, and D.L. Matthews 2014. A new species of Oidaematophorus (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) from Chingaza National Natural Park in Colombia. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 24(1): 15-21. 1.7M

Matthews, D. L., J. Y. Miller, M. J. Simon, and G. Goss. 2012. Observations of plume moths on North Andros Island, Bahamas, and notes on new records and species previously recorded from the Bahamas (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Insecta Mundi 0236: 1-12. 8.M

Matthews, D. L. and Watkins, R. A. 2011. Extralimital records of the sage plume moth, Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News 33(4): 175-177. 1.04M

Matthews, D. L. and Gielis, C. 2011. Adaina ipomoeae Bigot and Etienne, 2009, new records for Florida and the West Indies (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Insecta Mundi 0156: 1-3. 759K

Matthews, D. L. and Miller, J. Y. 2010. Notes on the Cacao Plume Moth in Honduras and description of the larvae and pupae (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 20(1): 28-34. 5.4M

Matthews, D.L. 2010. A new species of Hellinsia from the southeastern United States (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 161: 1-13. 2.9M

Matthews, D. L. 2010. Mississippi plume moths from the Bryant Mather collection (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News 32(2): 50-55. 8.9M

Matthews, D.L., and Maharajh, B.V. 2009. Adaina primulacea Meyrick, 1929: a gall-inducing plume moth of Siam Weed from South Florida and the neotropics (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 19(2): 64-70. 975K

Matthews, D.L. 2009. The sundew plume moth, Buckleria parvulus (Barnes & Lindsey). Southern Lepidopterists' News 31(2): 74-77. 2.1M

Matthews, D.L., and Landry, B. 2008. Description of a new species of Exelastis (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) from the neotropics, with keys to adults of the four species occurring in Florida. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 18(2): 62-70. 3.6M

Matthews, D.L. 2008. Plume Moths (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). In: Capinera, John L. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd ed. Springer, London. Link

Matthews, D.L. 2008. The spiderling plume moth Megalorhipida leucodactylus (Fabricius) (Pterophoridae) in Florida and Texas. Southern Lepidopterists' News 30(4): 132-134. 4.1M

Matthews, D.L., Duncan, M.A. and Habeck, D.H. 2006. Cosmoclostis aglaodemsa: description of the larva and pupa (Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae: Pterophorini). Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 60: 92-97. 3.2M

Matthews, D.L. and Lott, T.A. 2005. Larval Hostplants of the Pterophoridae (Lepidoptera: Pterophoroidea). Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 76: 1-324. Link

Landry, B., Roque-Albelo, L. and Matthews, D.L. 2004. Supplemental additions to the Pterophoridae (Lepidoptera) of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) with description of a new species of Adaina Tutt. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 77: 289-310. 13M

Matthews, D.L. and Gielis, C. 2004. Leptodeuterocopus neales: a new record for Florida and the United States (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae: Deuterocopinae). Florida Entomologist 87(4): 621-622. 55K

Matthews, D.L. 2000. Review of Microlepidoptera of Europe, Volume 1, Pterophoridae, by Cees Gielis. 1996. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 54(1): 36-37. 494K

Matthews, D.L., Habeck, D.H. and Landry, B. 1994. Immature stages of Exelastis plume moths in Florida (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae: Platyptiliinae). Tropical Lepidoptera 5: 43-53. 3.8M

Gielis,C; Matthews, D.L. 1994. Neotropical Pterophoridae 9: Chocophorus, a new neotropical genus (Lepidoptera). Ent. Ber. Amst. 54(9), 161-170. 4.0M

Matthews, D.L., D.H. Habeck, and D.W. Hall. 1990. Annotated checklist of the Pterophoridae (Lepidoptera) of Florida including larval food plant records. Florida Entomologist 73(4): 613-621. 676K

Cassani, J., D.H. Habeck, and D.L. Matthews. 1990. Life history of a plume moth Sphenarches anisodactylus (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Florida Entomolologist 73(2): 257-266. 937K

Lepidopteran Faunal Inventories

Austin, K.H., J.J. Dombroskie, D.L. Matthews, and J.Y. Miller. 2019. A review of the Archipini of The Bahamas with the description of a new species of Argyrotaenia Stephens (Tortricidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 73(1): 5-17.

Matthews D.L., J.Y. Miller, A.D. Warren, J.K. Toomey, R.W. Portell, T.A. Lott, and N.V. Grishin. 2018. Are Miami blues in Cuba? A review of the genus Cyclargus Nabokov (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with implications for conservation management. Insecta Mundi 0676: 1-38. 16M

Brown, J.W., D.L. Matthews, and J.Y. Miller. 2018. Two new species of Megalota from the Bahamas (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Olethreutinae). Zootaxa 4455 (3): 597-600.

Miller, J.Y., D.L. Matthews, and A.D. Warren. 2018. A checkered history: distribution of Pyrgus Hübner species in The Bahamas, including the first Caribbean records of Pyrgus albescens Plötz (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Insecta Mundi 0635: 1-9.

Gilligan, T.M., D.L. Matthews, and J.Y. Miller. 2018. Two new species of Eucosmini from the Bahamas (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Zootaxa 4378(2): 265-268.

Miller, J.Y., D.L. Matthews, M.J. Simon, R.M. Rozycki, G.J. Goss, and N.V. Grishin. 2018. Update on the status of Citheronia sepulcralis in the Bahamas (Saturniidae: Ceratocampinae). News of the Lepidopterists' Society 60(3): 123-125.

Miller, J.Y., D.L. Matthews, M. Simon, and R.M. Rozycki. 2015. Review and comments on the current status of Choranthus richmondi L. Miller (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in the Bahamas. Insecta Mundi 0414: 1-9.

Matthews, D. L., J. Y. Miller, T. A. Lott, R. W. Portell, and J. K. Toomey. 2012. Biogeographic affinities of Guantanamo butterflies and a report on species recorded from the United States Naval Base, Cuba. Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 164: 1-51. 8M

Miller, J.Y., D.L. Matthews, A.D. Warren, M. A. Solis, D. J. Harvey, P. Gentili-Poole, R. Lehman, T.C. Emmel, and C.V. Covell, Jr. 2012. An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Honduras. Insecta Mundi 0205: 1-72. 8.5M

Matthews, D. L., Miller, J. Y. and J. Razowski. 2011. Scientific note: Mictopsichia cubae recorded from Honduras (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 21(1): 43-45. 2.0M

Misc. Publications

Brou, V.A. Jr. and D.L. Matthews. 2020. Stenoma exarata (Zeller, 1854) (Lepidoptera: Depressariidae) in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' News 42(1): 7-8.

Matthews, D.L. and J.Y. Miller. 2015. ¡Trampas mas baratas! - Hampers in Honduras. Southern Lepidopterists' News 37(3): 112-113.

Matthews, D.L., C. Covell, Jr., K. M. Lane and J.Y. Miller. 2014. Larval Hostplants of Geometridae (Lepidoptera) Collected by Dale H. Habeck in Florida, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 116(1): 36-68. 209K

Matthews, D. L. 2012 SLS participation at the Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterflyfest (13 - 14 October 2012). Southern Lepidopterists' News 34(4): 223.

Matthews, D. L. and J. Y. Miller. 2012. Southern Lepidopterists at the International Lepidopterists' Conference in Denver, Colorado. Southern Lepidopterists' News 34(3): 150-151.

Matthews, D. L. 2012. Reflections from your new chairman, Deborah Matthews. Southern Lepidopterists' News 34(1): 1-2, 47-48.

Miller, J. Y., Matthews, D. L. and J. Brambila. 2011. Southern Lepidopterists at Butterflyfest 2010. Southern Lepidopterists' News 33(1): 28-30.

Judd, R. E. and Matthews, D. L. 2010. Report on the capture of a gravid Samia cynthia female in Alachua County, Florida. Southern Lepidopterists' News 32(4): 182-184.

Matthews, D. L. and Miller, J. Y. 2010. Remembering Dale H. Habeck, October 21, 1931 - May 17, 2010. Southern Lepidopterists' News 32(3): 141-142.

Fontes, E., Frank, H., Gillmore, J., and D. Matthews Lott 2010. Dale H. Habeck, 1931-2010. Florida Entomologist 93(3): 478-479.

Durden, L.A., J.T. Vargo, J.E. Hayden, J.R. Slotten, D.R. Tangren, and D.L. Matthews. 2017. A moth bioblitz inventory for Rock Hill Preserve and Apalachee Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Florida. Southern Lepidopterists' News 39(2): 242-247.

Internet Websites

Matthews, D. and M. Schneider 2012. Plume Moths of Oswego County, New York

Herbison-Evans,D; Crossley,SA; Matthews Lott, D. 1998. Pterophoridae, Plume Moths: Caterpillars of Australian Pterophoridae.

Matthews, D. 2005. Pterophoridae of North America.

Referee for Pterophoridae, North American Moth Photographers Group.


Research News: June 7, 2019: Four new species of plume moths discovered in Bahamas.

Staff Profile: Deborah Matthews, p. 5, McGuire Center News, Issue 5, April 2011. 2M

Research News: September 6, 2012: UF Guantanamo Bay Lepidoptera study sets baseline for future research.

Guantanamo Bay: Butterfly Paradise? FOX NEWS Science, September 2012.




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