Eugène Le Moult

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Eugène Le Moult (31 December 1882, Quimper - 26 January 1967, Paris) was a French naturalist and entomologist. He lived, for a long time, in Guyana where his father built roads. Le Moult specialised in Lepidoptera. He was one of the most important insect dealer of his time. In addition, he was a renowned specialist of Morpho butterflies, and wrote — in association with Pierre Réal — the first revision of the taxon: Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Paris 1962-1963. This two volume work with 20 plates in colour and 62 in black and white was until recently the classic monograph on the butterfly subfamily Morphinae. 75 species are placed in eight subgenera, and the work generated 409 new names and made 750 names available as subspecific and varietal names. This is far more than most Morpho specialists accept and the motivation may have been commercial (Le Moult published his own work). It is, however, a meticulous species-level classification, describes dozens of subgeneric taxa, illustrates the adults and male genitalia for all species, and gives an account of type specimens. He also ensures the publication of journals Miscellanea Entomologica (founded by Eugène Barthe (1862–1945) and continued by Sciences Nat) and Novitates entomologicae from 1931 to 1946. But above all he will publish a French edition of the work of Adalbert Seitz (1860–1938) under the title Les Macrolépidoptères du Globe in 16 volumes and 4 supplements.

Paratype of Prepona joiceyi Le Moult, 1932. Now considered the a junior synonym of Prepona laertes louisa Butler, 1870. Many more paratypes were sold than were mentioned in the description. Sold in Paris.
"Holotype" of aberration atromarginata of Agrias phalcidon phalcidon Four names. Very expensive.


Partial list

  • Etudes sur les Prepona : lépidoptères rhopalocères américains E. Le Moult, Paris : Novitates entomologicae, 1932-1933.
  • Révision du genre Helicopis (Erycinidae) E. Le Moult, Paris : Novitates entomologicae, 1939.
  • Revision de la classification des Apaturinae de l'ancien monde : suivie d'une monographie de plusieurs genres E. Le Moult, Paris : Editions scientifiques du Cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult. 1950-.
  • with P. Réal Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale. E. Le Moult, Paris : Editions scientifiques du Cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult. 1962-1963.


World Cerambycidae Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Brüssels. Buprestidae, Bostrichidae, ex parte Cerambycidae, Curculionidae, Dynastidae, Elateridae Bundesforschungsanstalt für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft, Hamburg de:Bundesforschungsanstalt für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft parts in the Zoological Museum of the University of Hamburg.African material in Royal Central African Museum, Tervuren.


  • Constantin, R. 1992: Mémorial des Coléopteristes Français. Bull. liaison Assoc. Col. rég. parisienne, Paris (Suppl. 14): 1-92 53
  • Le Moult, E. 1955: Mes Chasses aux papillons. : 352 p.
  • Lhoste, J. 1987: Les entomologistes français. 1750 - 1950. INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), Paris: 1-355 221
  • Miscellanea Entomologica: Main works contained in the 51 volumes published [1]
  • Novitates entomologicae: Main works contained in the 17 fascicules published [2]
  • Salazar, J. A. 1999: [Le Moult, E. H.] Bol. Cient. Museo Hist. Natural Manizales 3: 78, Portr.

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