Vietnam is among the world’s most biologically diverse countries. The Baltic-American Biotaxonomy Institute aims to establish scientific relations with various research and biodiversity conservation institutions as well as individual researchers in Vietnam. The tasks include organization and implementation of collaborative international projects and educational programs based on the knowledge of biodiversity, functioning, and distribution of organisms.
Recently, a monograph on the world’s highest-altitudinal Nepticulidae was published. It treats 29 species of leaf-mining pygmy moths (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae) discovered in the northern Andean bush and grass páramo and the central Andean puna at altitudes above 3700 m. These species represent the world’s highest-altitudinal Nepticulidae fauna known. The height record belongs to Stigmella nivea Remeikis & Stonisfrom Peru collected at an elevation of 4700 m.
Alma Solis was invited to present a Pyraloidea workshop at the 2016 Northwest Lepidopterists' Workshop on October 22–23, 2016. It was sponsored by the Oregon State Arthropod Collection and the Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She was also invited to give the Keynote address on Saturday night entitled "Path to Pyraloidea: from Texas to the World.
In June–July this year Jean-François Landry visited the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) in Yangling, Shaanxi Province, China. NWAFU is the largest university for agriculture and forestry related studies in China. The building where entomology and the insect collection are located is brand-new, spacious, and modern.
The trip to China was organized by Zhaofu Yang, a Lepidoptera systematist and professor at NWAFU.
In late August Dr. M. Alma Solis, a research entomologist with USDA at the Smithsonian Institution, also a member of the Board of Directors of B.A.B.I., taught at a week long workshop on lepidopteran larvae at EARTH University near Guapiles, Costa Rica.