Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Robert Robbins

Research Entomologist and Curator of Lepidoptera
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., Brown University
  • Ph.D., Tufts University
Research Interests

Systematics of Lycaenidae, evolutionary biology of butterflies, patterns of butterfly diversity.

Publications
Article
  • Gripenberg, Sofia, Basset, Yves, Lewis, Owen T., Terry, J. Christopher D., Wright, S. Joseph, Simón, Indira, Fernández, D. Catalina, Cedeño-Sanchez, Marjorie, Rivera, Marleny, Barrios, Héctor, Brown, John W., Calderón, Osvaldo, Cognato, Anthony I., Kim, Jorma, Miller, Scott E., Morse, Geoffrey E., Pinzón-Navarro, Sara, Quicke, Donald L. J., Robbins, Robert K., Salminen, Juha-Pekka, and Vesterinen, Eero. 2019. "A highly resolved food web for insect seed predators in a species-rich tropical forest." Ecology Letters 22 (10):1638–1649. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13359
  • Martins, Ananda Regina Pereira, Duarte, Marcelo, and Robbins, Robert K. 2019. "Hairstreak butterflies (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) and evolution of their male secondary sexual organs." Cladistics 35 (2):173–197. https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12355
  • Martins, Ananda Regina Pereira, Duarte, Marcelo, and Robbins, Robert K. 2019. "Phylogenetic Classification of the Atlides Section of the Eumaeini (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae)." Zootaxa 4563 (1):119. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4563.1.6
  • Melo, Douglas H. A., Duarte, Marcelo, Mielke, Olaf H. H., Robbins, Robert K., and Freitas, André V. L. 2019. "Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) of an urban park in northeastern Brazil." Biota Neotropica 19 (1):https://doi.org/10.1590/1676-0611-bn-2018-0614
  • Selfridge, J., Bachran, K., McElveen, D., Robbins, Robert K., and Ransom, T. 2019. "Pupation Sites and Conservation of Frosted Elfins (Lycaenidae) in Maryland, USA." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 72 (2):87–92.
  • Basset, Yves, Dahl, Chris, Ctvrtecka, Richard, Gripenberg, Sofia, Lewis, Owen T., Segar, Simon T., Klimes, Petr, Barrios, Héctor, Brown, John W., Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh, Butcher, Buntika A., Cognato, Anthony I., Davies, Stuart, Kaman, Ondrej, Knizek, Milos, Miller, Scott E., Morse, Geoffrey E., Novotny, Vojtech, Pongpattananurak, Nantachai, Pramual, Pairot, Quicke, Donald L. J., Robbins, Robert K., Sakchoowong, Watana, Schutze, Mark, Vesterinen, Eero J. et al. 2018. "A cross-continental comparison of assemblages of seed- and fruit-feeding insects in tropical rain forests: Faunal composition and rates of attack." Journal of Biogeography 45 (6):1395–1407. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13211
  • Busby, Robert C., Faynel, Christophe, Moser, Alfred, and Robbins, Robert K. 2017. "Sympatric Diversification in the Upper Amazon: A Revision of the Eumaeine Genus Paraspiculatus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)." Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology (649): iv–65. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.1943-6696.649
  • Cong, Qian, Shen, Jinhui, Borek, Dominika, Robbins, Robert K., Opler, Paul A., Otwinowski, Zbyszek, and Grishin, Nick V. 2017. "When COI barcodes deceive: complete genomes reveal introgression in hairstreaks." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (1848):20161735. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.1735
  • Cock, Matthew J. W. and Robbins, Robert K. 2016. "Annotated checklist and biogeographic composition of the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) of Trinidad, West Indies." Insecta Mundi 0506:1–33.
  • Cong, Qian, Shen, Jinhui, Borek, Dominika, Robbins, Robert K., Otwinowski, Zbyszek, and Grishin, Nick V. 2016. "Complete genomes of Hairstreak butterflies, their speciation, and nucleo-mitochondrial incongruence." Scientific Reports 6:https://doi.org/10.1038/srep24863
  • Heredia, María Dolores and Robbins, Robert K. 2016. "Natural history of the mistletoe-feeding Thereus lomalarga (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini) in Colombia." Zootaxa 4117 (3):301. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4117.3.1
  • Martins, Ananda Regina Pereira, Faynel, Christophe, and Robbins, Robert K. 2016. "Variation of Male Secondary Sexual Structures and the Taxonomy of Theritas lisus and Relatives (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 118 (4):555–573. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.118.4.555
  • Thompson, Paul M. and Robbins, Robert K. 2016. "Allopatry and parapatry in hairstreak butterflies (Lycaenidae, Eumaeini) with uniform male sexual structures." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 14:53–68.
  • Faynel, Christophe and Robbins, Robert K. 2015. "Siderus nouraguensis n. sp., Nicolaea salki n. sp. et Ostrinotes silva n. sp. (Lepidoptera : Theclinae : Eumaeini)." Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.): International Journal of Entomology. 51 (2):196. https://doi.org/10.1080/00379271.2015.1064201
  • Frye, Jennifer A. and Robbins, Robert K. 2015. "Is the globally rare frosted elfin butterfly (Lycaenidae) two genetically distinct host plant races in Maryland? DNA evidence from cast larval skins provides an answer." Journal of Insect Conservation 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-015-9783-4
  • Prieto, Carlos D. and Robbins, Robert K. 2015. "Phylogenetic position of Electrostrymon picoloro, a new high elevation hairstreak from western Colombia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini)." Zootaxa 4012 (2):369–374. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4012.2.7
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Busby, Robert C. 2015. "Evolutionary gain of male secondary sexual structures in the widespread Neotropical montane genus Lathecla (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini)." Brill 46 (1):47–78. https://doi.org/10.1163/1876312X-45032115
  • Robbins, Robert K., Heredia, Maria D., and Busby, Robert C. 2015. "Male Secondary Sexual Structures and the Systematics of the Thereus oppia species Group (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini)." Zookeys 520:109–130. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.520.10134
  • Thompson, Paul M. and Robbins, Robert K. 2015. "A New Montane Hairstreak Species from Central America in the Detritivorous Genus Kisutam ( Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 117 (1):36–44. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797.117.1.36
  • Faynel, Christophe and Robbins, Robert K. 2014. "Description d’un nouveau Lycaenidae de l’inselberg des Nouragues et de deux autres espèces inédites provenant de la forêt de la Montagne de Kaw en Guyane (Lepidoptera : Theclinae : Eumaeini)." Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.): International Journal of Entomology 50 (2):191–201. https://doi.org/10.1080/00379271.2014.934040
  • Nobre, C. E. B. and Robbins, Robert K. 2014. "Arawacus euptychia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini) is no longer an obscure species." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 47:73–78.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Glassberg, Jeffrey. 2013. "A butterfly with olive green eyes discovered in the United States and the Neotropics (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Eumaeini)." ZooKeys 305:1–20. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.301.5081ZooKey
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2013. "Comment on the proposed establishment of availability of Balintus d’Abrera, 2001, Gulliveria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Salazaria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Megathecla Robbins, 2002 and Gullicaena Bálint, 2002 (Insecta, Lepidoptera, LYCAENIDAE) (Case 3458; see BZN 65: 188–193; 66: 271–272, 349–351; 68: 206–211; 69: 60–61, 281–283; 70: 201)." The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 70 (4):250.
  • Sermeño, José Miguel, Robbins, Robert K., Lamas, Gerardo, and Gámez, J. A. 2013. "Cría en laboratorio de las "joyas vivientes" de El Salvador, Evenus regalis (Cramer) y Evenus batesii (Hewitson) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)." Bioma 3:4–9.
  • Faynel, Christophe, Busby, Robert C., and Robbins, Robert K. 2012. "Review of the species level taxonomy of the neotropical butterfly genus Oenomaus (Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini)." ZooKeys 222:11–45. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.222.3375
  • Robbins, Robert K., Anderson, Richard A., and Sullivan, J. Bolling. 2012. "The Nicaraguan Hairstreak Butterfly Fauna (Theclinae: Eumaeini), its Biogeography, and the History of Nicaraguan Collectors." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 66 (2):61–75.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2012. "Comment on the proposed establishment of availability of Balintus d’Abrera, 2001, Gulliveria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Salazaria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Megathecla Robbins, 2002 and Gullicaena Bálint, 2002 (Insecta, Lepidoptera, LYCAENIDAE)." The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69 (1):60–61.
  • Robbins, Robert K., Martins, Ananda Regina Pereira, Busby, Robert C., and Duarte, Marcelo. 2012. "Loss of male secondary sexual structures in allopatry in the Neotropical butterfly genus Arcas (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Insect Systematics & Evolution 43 (1):35–65. https://doi.org/10.1163/187631212X626195
  • Faynel, Christophe, Busby, Robert C., Moser, Alfred, and Robbins, Robert K. 2011. "Species level taxonomy of the Neotropical hairstreak genus Porthecla (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n.s.) 47 (1-2):241–259.
  • Duarte, Marcelo and Robbins, Robert K. 2010. "Description and phylogenetic analysis of the Calycopidina (Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini): a subtribe of detritivores." Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 54 (1):45–65. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0085-56262010000100006
  • Duarte, Marcelo, Robbins, Robert K., Freitas, André Victor Lucci, Brown, Keith Spalding,Jr., Monteiro, Ricardo Ferreira, Casagrande, Mirna Martins, Mielke, Olaf Hermann Hendrik, Nascimento, Milena de Sousa, and Alves, Tatiane Gisele. 2010. "Borboletas Da Mata Atlântica do Estado do Rio De Janeiro: Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera)." Arquivos do Museu Nacional 67 (3-4):291–302.
  • Harris, Brian P., Lamas, Gerardo, and Robbins, Robert K. 2010. "Identity of Palaeonympha avinoffi Schaus, a Satyrine Butterfly from China (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)." Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 35 (3):680–681.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2010. "Four Commonly Confused Hairstreaks (Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini): Three Need Names, One does Not." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 64 (1):1–13.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2010. "The “upside down” systematics of hairstreak butterflies (Lycaenidae) that eat pineapple and other Bromeliaceae." Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 45 (1):21–37. https://doi.org/10.1080/01650521003751712
  • Robbins, Robert K., Aiello, Annette, Feinstein, Julie, Berkov, Amy, Caldas, Astrid, Busby, Robert C., and Duarte, Marcelo. 2010. "A tale of two species: detritivory, parapatry, and sexual dimorphism in Lamprospilus collucia and L. orcidia(Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 42:64–73.
  • Robbins, Robert K., Busby, R. C., and Duarte, M. 2010. "Phylogeny and Taxonomy of the Neotropical Thepytus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae, Theclinae)." Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 68 (1):35–52.
  • Duarte, Marcelo and Robbins, Robert K. 2009. "Immature Stages of Calycopis bellera (Hewitson) and C. janeirica (Felder) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini): Taxonomic Significance and New Evidence for Detritivory." Zootaxa 2325:39–61.
  • Gareca, Y., Reichle, S., and Robbins, Robert K. 2009. "Lista preliminar de los Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) en Bolivia [preliminary checklist for Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) in Bolivia]." Kempffiana 5 (1):56–64.
  • Janzen, Daniel H., Hallwachs, Winnie D., Blandin, Patrick, Burns, John M., Cadiou, Jean-Marie, Chacon, Isidro, Dapkey, Tanya, Deans, Andrew R., Epstein, Marc E., Espinoza, B., Franclemont, J., Haber, W., Hajibabaei, M., Hallwachs, J., Hebert, Paul D. N., Gauld, I. D., Harvey, D., Hausmann, A., Kitching, Ian, Lafontaine, D., Landry, J. F., Lemaire, C., Miller, Jacqueline Y., Miller, James S., Miller, Lee et al. 2009. "Integration of DNA barcoding into an ongoing inventory of complex tropical biodiversity." Molecular Ecology Resources 9 (S1):1–26. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02628.x
  • Lamas, Gerardo and Robbins, Robert K. 2009. "A replacement name for Thecla maculata Lathy, 1936 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae, Eumaeini)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111 (3):758–758. https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797-111.3.758
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Busby, Robert C. 2009. "Updated Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Diversification of Janthecla Robbins & Venables (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 41:5–13.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2009. "Comment on the proposed establishment of availability of Balintus d’Abrera, 2001, Gulliveria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Salazaria d’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Megathecla Robbins, 2002 and Gullicaena Bálint, 2002 (Insecta, Lepidoptera, LYCAENIDAE) (Case 3458; see BZN 65: 188–193, 66: 271–272)." The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 66 (4):349–351.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Busby, Robert C. 2008. "Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Sympatry of Timaeta (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini): An Andean Montane Forest Endemic." Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 151 (2):205–233. https://doi.org/10.1163/22119434-900000265
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, G. 2008. "Nomenclature, variation, and the biological species concept in Lamasina (Lycaenidae : Theclinae : Eumaeini)." Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 25 (1):116–127. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81752008000100016
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2008. "Balintus D’Abrera, 2001, Gulliveria D’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Salazaria D’Abrera & Bálint, 2001, Megathecla Robbins, 2002 and Gullicaena Bálint, 2002 (Insecta, Lepidoptera, LYCAENIDAE): proposed establishment of availability (Case 3458)." The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 65 (3):188–193.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Duarte, Marcelo. 2006. "Systematic placement of Lycaena cogina Schaus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae), a biogeographically disjunct New World species." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 108 (1):226–236.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2006. "Stabilizing the nomenclature of Fabrician names of North American hairstreaks (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 60 (2):86–91.
  • Duarte, Marcelo, Robbins, Robert K., and Mielke, Olaf Hermann Hendrik. 2005. "Immature stages of Calycopis caulonia (Hewitson, 1877) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini), with notes on rearing detritivorous hairstreaks on artificial diet." Zootaxa 1063:1–31.
  • Glassberg, Jeffrey and Robbins, Robert K. 2005. "Cafe con leche in a Mexican forest: a rare hairstreak makes a guest appearance in Mexico." American Butterflies 13 (3):47.
  • Nicolay, Stanley S. and Robbins, Robert K. 2005. "Five new dry-area South American Strymon species (Lycaenidae: Theclinae) and their biogeographic significance." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 38:35–49.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2005. "Obituary for Stanley Swenson Nicolay." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 59:179–181.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2005. "Phylogenetic relationships among the species of Panthiades HAbner (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Proceedings Entomological Society of Washington 107:501–509.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Duarte, Marcelo. 2005. "Phylogenetic analysis of Cyanophrys Clench, a synopsis of its species, and the potentially threatened C. bertha (Jones) (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Proceedings Entomological Society of Washington 107 (2):398–416.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Duarte, Marcelo. 2005. "Two phylogenetically significant new Calycopis species (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 38:27–34.
  • Hall, Jason Piers Wilton, Robbins, Robert K., and Harvey, Donald J. 2004. "Extinction and biogeography in the Caribbean: new evidence from a fossil riodinid butterfly in Dominican amber." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 271 (1541):797–801.
  • Lamas, Gerardo, Ramírez, J. J., and Robbins, Robert K. 2004. "The first known female of Megathecla gigantea (Hewitson, 1867) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini)." Revista Peruviana Biologicas 11:99–102.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2004. [Book review] "The genus Adelpha: its systematics, biology and biogeography (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Limenitidini)." Entomological News. 114:238.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2004. "Case 3282. Thecla azia Hewitson, 1873 (Insecta, Lepidoptera): proposed conservation of the specific name." The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 61 (2):98–99.
  • Arnold, Anne Elizabeth, Mejia, Luis Carlos, Kyllo, Damond A., Rojas, Enith I., Maynard, Zuleyka, Robbins, Robert K., and Herre, Edward Allen. 2003. "Fungal Endophytes Limit Pathogen Damage in a Tropical Tree." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (26): 15649-15654.
  • Caldas, Astrid and Robbins, Robert K. 2003. "Modified Pollard transects for assessing tropical butterfly abundance and diversity." Biological Conservation 110 (2):211–219.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2002. "Curtailing Clothes Moths." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 44 (1):000.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2002. "Replacement Names in the Eumaeini (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 104:820–821.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2001. "Surviving Suburbia." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 43 (3):000.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2001. "Building a Better Butterfly Trap." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 43 (4):000.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Lamas, Gerardo. 2001. "Nomenclatural Changes in the Neotropical Eumaeini (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae)." Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 19:197–214.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Nicolay, Stanley S. 2001. "An overview of Strymon Huebner (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 55 (3):85–100.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2000. "The New World Hairstreak Genus Arawacus Kaye (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 102 (1):162–169.
  • Reiter, P., Turell, M., Coleman, R., Miller, B., Maupin, G., Liz, J., Kuehne, A., Barth, J., Geisbert, J., Dohm, D., Glick, J., Pecor, J., Robbins, Robert K., Jahrling, P., Peters, C., and Kslazek, T. 1999. "Field investigatins of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995: Arthropod Studies." Journal of Infectious Diseases 179:148–154.
  • Glassberg, J., Opler, P., Pyle, R. M., Robbins, Robert K., and Tuttle, J. 1998. "There's no need to release butterflies--they're already free." American Butterflies 6:2.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Nicolay, Stanley S. 1998. "Taxonomy of Strymon toussainti, S. andrewi, S. amonensis, and S. rhaptos (Lycaenidae: Theclinae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 52 (3):328–334.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Nicolay, Stanley S. 1998. "Taxonomy and nomenclature of Strymon istapa and S. columella (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 52 (3):318–327.
  • Lamas, Gerardo, Robbins, Robert K., and Harvey, Donald J. 1997. "Mariposas del alto Rio Napo, Loreto, Peru (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea y Hesperioidea). Butterflies of the upper Rio Napo, Loreto, Peru (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea)." Revista Peruana de Entomología 39:63–74.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1997. "These legs were made for walking -- and so much more!." American Butterflies 5:28–33.
  • Lamas, Gerardo, Robbins, Robert K., and Harvey, Donald J. 1996. "Mariposas del alto Río Napo, Loreto, Perú (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea y Hesperioidea)." Revista Peruana de Entomología 39:63–74.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1994. "Naming Hairstreaks." American Butterflies 2:28–31.
  • Lamas, Gerardo, Mielke, Olaf Hermann Hendrik, and Robbins, Robert K. 1993. "The Ahrenholz technique for attracting tropical skippers (Hesperiidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 47 (1):80–82.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1993. "False Heads: the Real Tale." American Butterflies 1:19–22.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1993. "Comparison of Butterfly Diversity in the Neotropical and Oriental Regions." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 46 (4):298–300.
  • Warren, A. D. and Robbins, Robert K. 1993. "A Natural Hybrid Between Callophrys (Callophrys) sheridanii and C. (Incisalia) augustinus (Lycaenidae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 47 (3):236–240.
  • Lamas, Gerardo, Robbins, Robert K., and Harvey, Donald J. 1991. "A Preliminary Survey of the Butterfly Fauna of Pakitza, Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru, with an Estimate of its Species Richness." Publicaciones del Museo de Historia Natural Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos 40:1–19.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1991. "Evolution, Comparative Morphology, and Identification of the Emaeine Butterfly Genus Rekoa Kay (Lycaenidae: Theclinae)." Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology (498): 1–64. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.498
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1991. "Cost and Evolution of a Facultative Mutualism Between Ants and Lycaenid Larvae (Lepidoptera)." Oikos 62:363–369.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Venables, B. A. B. 1991. "Synopsis of a new Neotropical hairstreak genus, Janthecla, and description of a new species." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 45 (1):11–33.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1990. "The Mitoura spinetorum Complex in New Mexico and the Validity of M. millerorum (Lycaenidae: Theclinae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 44 (2):63–76.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1990. "Systematic Implications of Butterfly Leg Structures that Clean the Antennae." Psyche 96 (3-4):209–222.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1988. "Male Foretarsal Variation in Lycaenidae and Riodinidae, and the Systematic Placement of Styx infernalis (Lepidoptera)." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 90:356–368.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1988. "Comparative Morphology of the Butterfly Foreleg Coxa and Trochanger (Lepidoptera) and its Systematic Implications." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 90:133–154.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Hevel, G. F. 1988. "Glassberg, Lehman, and Pellmyr Collections to the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 42 (1):31.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1987. "Logic and Phylogeny: a Critique of Scott's Phylogenies to the Butterflies and Macrolepidoptera." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 41:214–216.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1987. [Book review] "A Revision of the Genus Hypochrysops C &amp R Felder, by D. P. A. Sands." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 41:238.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1986. "Evolution and Identification of the New World Hairstreak Butterflies (Lycaenidae: Eumaeini): Eliot's Trichonis Section and Trichonis Hewitson." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 40 (3):138–157.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1986. "Independent Evolution of "False Head" Behavior in Riodinidae." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 39:224–225.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Henson, Pamela M. 1986. "Why Pieris rapae is a Better Name than Artogeia rapae (Pieridae)." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 40 (2):79–92.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1984. "[Revew]. New Zealand Butterflies, Identification and Natural History, by G. W. Gibbs." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 86:244.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1982. "How many butterfly species." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 1982:40–41.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Aiello, Annette. 1982. "Foodplant and oviposition records for Panamanian Lycaenidae and Riodinidae." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 36 (2):65–75.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1981. "The "False Head" Hypothesis: Predation and Wing Pattern Variation of Lycaenid Butterflies." American Naturalist 118:770–775.
  • Robbins, Robert K. and Small, G. B. 1981. "Wind Dispersal of Panamanian Hairstreak Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and its Evolutionary Significance." Biotropica 13:308–315.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1980. "The Lycaenid "False Head" Hypothesis: Historical Review and Quantitative Analysis." Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 34:194–208.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 1979. "Behavioural ecology and evolution of hairstreak butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)." Dissertation Abstracts International B Sciences and Engineering 39 (10):4720.

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  • Robbins, Robert K. 2004. "Introduction to the checklist of Eumaeini (Lycaenidae)." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A. Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea, edited by Lamas, Gerardo., 24–30. Scientific Publishers.
  • Robbins, Robert K. 2004. "Tribe Eumaeini." in Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A. Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea, edited by Lamas, Gerardo., 118–137. Scientific Publishers.
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