The Butterflies of Jambi (Sumatra, Indonesia): An EFForTS Field Guide

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December 31, 2021



Rawati Panjaitan, Universitas Papua; PURNAMA, IPB University; Peggie, 4Department of Zoology Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI) ; DAMAYANTI BUCHORI, IPB University; Stefan, University of Göttingen; Jochen, University of Göttingen



Butterflies, Jambi, Sumatra


Planet Earth hosts an astonishing degree of biodiversity, spread across the globe. Much of this biodiversity is still unknown to science and remains poorly documented, like butterflies. As an insect facing rapid species loss and population declines due to habitat conversion and climate change, the need to document butteries has become more urgent than ever. Butteries of Jambi contains names, occurrence data and images of almost 200 buttery species found in rainforest and three agroforest systems Jambi Province, central Sumatra.
This book is an excellent starting point for researchers, forest managers and private enthusiasts interested in the butteries of Southeast Asia in general, and Sumatra in particular. It can also be used by students and scientists as an inspiration on how to study butteries taxonomically and ecologically. Overall, this book oers an up-close, scientic view on one of the most attractive and extraordinary insects on planet Earth.

Author Biographies

Rawati Panjaitan, Universitas Papua

She was born in Medan on June 7, 1982. She obtained a bachelor’s degree (S.Si) from Cenderawasih University Jayapura Papua in 2004. A master’s degree (2011), and Doctor (2020) was obtained from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture. Rawati (nickname) is a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of Papua since 2005. The author has served as Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Papua for the period 2012–2016. She is also active in national and international scientific meetings related to biology.


PURNAMA, IPB University

He is a lecturer at the Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University. He works in the Insect Biotaxonomy Laboratory and has interest in biodiversity and taxonomy of agricultural insects, including pests, predators, parasitoids, and other beneficial insects. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 1985. He holds a Master’s in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1992 and also earned his Doctorate in the same collage in 1996.


Peggie, 4Department of Zoology Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI)

She is a butterfly research staff at the Entomology Laboratory, Zoology Division, (Bogor Zoology Museum), Biology Research Center, LIPI since 1990. She graduated from the Faculty of Biology, National University, Jakarta in 1988. She continued her studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Science from Imperial College, University of London, England, in 1992. The Doctor of Philosophy degree was obtained from the Entomology Department, Cornell University, United States in 2002. As a butterfly systemeticist, she has written several books: Practical Guide to Butterflies of Bogor Botanic Garden (Panduan Praktis Kupu-kupu di Kebun Raya Bogor), the book Precious and Protected Indonesian Butterflies (Kupu-kupu Indonesia yang Bernilai dan Dilindungi), and the book Mengenal Kupu-kupu. She is also active in writing in several international and national journal, and plays an active role as a keynote speaker at scientific seminars.



She is a lecturer at the Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University. She is also a head of Biological Control Laboratory at the Department of Plant Protection and head of Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences (CTSS), IPB University. Her research interests are on insect ecology, biological control, and conservation. She began her Bachelor’s education in the Department of Pest and Plant Diseases, IPB University, Indonesia in 1984. She continued her Master’s education in the Entomology Department, University of Illinois, USA in 1989. After that, she continued her Doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behaviour at Biology Department, Indiana University, USA in 1993. She holds a Professor’s of Plant Protection, IPB University in 2014.


Stefan, University of Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu is head of the Animal Ecology Group, JFBInstitute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Germany. He is interested in the diversity, ecology and evolution of soil animals, decomposer communities, rhizosphere ecology, and food web ecology. He earned his Diploma in Biology at the University of Göttingen. Then, he continued as Postdoc at the JFBInstitute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen and at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 1997, he was appointed as Professor of Zoology and Ecology at Damstadt University of Technology, Germany. Since 2008, he holds the Chair in Animal Ecology at the University of Göttingen.


Jochen, University of Göttingen

He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Animal Ecology, Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Göttingen University, Germany. Jochen Drescher started his studies at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, earning his pre-diploma in 2003.

In 2006, he received his full diploma from the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Würzburg University, Germany, where he also completed his doctoral studies in 2011. After an interim position at the Department of Animal Ecology I, Bayreuth University, Germany, he joined the EFForTS project at Göttingen University in mid-2012.



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