Ole Karsholt is one of Europe’s pre-eminent Lepidopterists, in particular focussing on the micro-lepidoptera. He is an Emeritus staff member of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Over the years he has produced many papers on European micro-lepidoptera in a wide range of publications, often in collaboration with others, publishing over a 45 year period. These papers have included several revisions of individual genera, a number with the description of new species.
He is one of the editors of the Lepidoptera section of Fauna Europaea and in 1996, was an editor of The Lepidoptera of Europe, A distributional Checklist, a key work documenting the moth and butterfly fauna of Europe. He has co-produced two reference books on the Gelechiidae in the Microlepidoptera of Europe series, and is co-editor of several other volumes in the series. He was also one of the authors of the Nordic-Baltic Checklist of Lepidoptera in 2017 and is a regular contributing author to the annual review of Danish micro-lepidoptera.
Several of his papers cover islands, for example he has contributed to papers on Madeira, including being a contributor to a Systematic Catalogue of the Entomofauna of Madeira Archipelago (2009). He was also the lead author of a chapter on the Lepidoptera of the entomological fauna of Greenland (published in 2015).
Ole’s academic record sets him out as one of today’s leading research lepidopterists. He is also one of the most personable, and always has time for people who write to him on topics of mutual interest. He corresponds regularly with many amateur micro-lepidopterists in Britain, recognising their value in contributing to his studies, and supporting their inquiries by passing on his knowledge and expertise with enthusiasm. He is a ‘household name’ and held in high esteem in this country in helping to further the study of Lepidoptera.