John Burns (entomologist)

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John Burns is an entomologist, curator of Lepidoptera and professor at Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution.

Academic background[edit]

Burns has completed his BS at Johns Hopkins University & MS, PhD at University of California, Berkeley.

Fields of study[edit]

Burns is an expert in Lepidoptera (skipper butterflies), evolutionary biology and poetry. He has discovered a new species of skipper butterflies and named it as Pseudodrephalys sohni found at Brazil.


Some of his notable publications are as follows:

  • DNA barcodes distinguish species of tropical Lepidoptera 2006
  • Pan-neotropical genus Venada (Hesperiidae: Pyrginae) is not monotypic: Four new species occur on one volcano in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste 2005
  • What's in a name? Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Pyrginae: Telemiades Hubner 1819: new combinations Telemiades corbulo (Stoll) and Telemiades oiclus (Mabille) 2005
  • Wedding biodiversity inventory of a large and complex Lepidoptera fauna with DNA barcoding 2005
  • Ten species in one: DNA barcoding reveals cryptic species in the neotropical skipper butterfly Astraptes fulgerator 2004
  • Pseydodrephalys: A New Genus Comprising Three Showy, Neotropical Species 1998