People passionate about nature

Paul Klassen

Honorary Life Membership recipient 1993

Paul Klassen has lived at Culross, Manitoba since 1926, when he arrived with his parents from southern Russia. He has a lifelong interest in butterflies, which he has collected and studied throughout Manitoba and elsewhere in North America. This interest led to his publication, in 1984, of the first revised checklist of Manitoba butterflies in over 40 years. He also wrote the original species accounts that evolved into the book on the butterflies of Manitoba, published in 1989 in collaboration with Richard Westwood, Bill Preston, and Brian McKillop. All but 2 of the hundreds of specimens illustrated in this book are from Paul’s large and carefully documented private collection of butterflies.

In 1986, Paul received the Norman Criddle Award of the Entomological Society of Canada, in recognition of outstanding work among amateur entomologists. He has given many talks on butterflies to schools and other interested groups. He also compiles Manitoba’s contribution to the seasonal reports published annually in the News of the Lepidopterists’ Society. As well as setting a high scholarly standard, Paul’s publications reflect a deep concern for the survival of prairie butterflies and their habitats.

In recognition of Paul’s major contribution to our knowledge of Manitoba butterflies, we present him with an Honorary Life Membership to the MNS.