Biodiversity of Microlepidoptera (Lepidoptera) of the Saratov and Volgograd regions (Russia, Lower Volga)


  • Vasily V. Anikin Saratov National Research State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky, Saratov 410012, Russia
  • Anatoliy A. Khapugin Joint Directorate of the Mordovia State Nature Reserve and National Park «Smolny», 430005 Saransk, Russia; Tyumen State University, Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO), Tyumen 625003, Russia



dataset, Lepidoptera, moths, data paper, occurrences, Lower Volga Region


Lepidoptera is one of the most diverse species in insects. Two-thirds of the families belong to the group Microlepidoptera, which occupy a significant place in the faunas of various natural landscapes, and some species are dangerous pests for agricultural and forestry crops of any country in the world. The number of invasive species is also growing, such as among mining moths, which form secondary habitats and actively introduce themselves into new ecosystems and become their components. Some species of microlepidoptera are sensitive to anthropogenic impact and are indicators of the environmental state. The research aims to describe the taxonomic composition and species diversity of the moth fauna of the Lower Volga region within the boundaries of Saratov and Volgograd Regions. The research was carried out in April-November 1979-2023. Collections were made using various methods using a net, light traps, window traps, Malaise traps, and beer traps. The coordinates of the place of finding, abundance, and dates were recorded for each observation. The dataset contains data on 983 species of microlepidoptera from 59 families. The dataset contains 82 occurrences. In total, 3471 specimens of moths have been studied. The biodiversity of microlepidoptera of the Saratov and Volgograd Regions includes 983 species from 59 families.


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How to Cite

Anikin, V. V., & Khapugin, A. A. (2024). Biodiversity of Microlepidoptera (Lepidoptera) of the Saratov and Volgograd regions (Russia, Lower Volga). Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, 8(3), 240–269.