LepiMAP Summary Statistics

  Records Taxa Observers Grid cells
Grid cells
(SA region)
All years 409668 1689 5984 2067 1655
2000+ 152840 1629 1766 1789 1380
This year 13848 470 248 475 397



2013-12-21 Les Underhill 



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2014-11-02 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
LepiMAP at the 2014 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice

LepiMAP will be represented at the 2014 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice, taking place in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal Province, from 3-7 November. There will be a presentation about LepiMAP during a special session (Hyperdiversity: Approaches to Conserving Invertebrates) on Tuesday, 4 November. Don't miss out!

A very big thank you to Prof. Clarke Scholtz, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria and the J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation for funding our attendance of this conference.

For more information about the conference see their website at http://www.conservationsymposium.com/

2014-10-31 Megan Loftie-Eaton 

Happy FLUTTERBY FRIDAY! The species in the spotlight today is the Sulphur Orange Tip / Swael-oranjepuntjie (Colotis auxo). The Sulphur Orange Tip occurs in riverine, lowland forest, and savanna habitats from the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, north into Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province.

The Sulphur Orange Tip is a member of the Pieridae family of butterflies.

Reference: Woodhall, Steve. 2005. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town:Struik Publishers.

2014-10-10 Les Underhill 
Awesome new Virtual Museum feature: how to find the gaps in coverage

VM Gap Analysis

This news item explains how to find the gaps in coverage in ADU Virtual Museum projects. On the Virtual Museum website, first choose (from the left hand side menu) the project you are interested in finding the gaps for. Then, from this menu, choose "Maps" and click on the tab "Gap Analysis" and then on "Request summary." A map like the one on the left appears. The grid generates the Quarter Degree Grid Cells. Those with data are coloured. Those without data are blank. Click on the grid cell you are interested in. A Google map like the one on the right appears. This grid cell is 2824DA and covers part of Kimberley, and a section of the Vaal River. It is the basic road map that appears first; I clicked "Satellite" at the top right corner to get this view.

If a grid cell has records, then a species list for the Quarter Degree Grid Cell appears under the map.

This is the Gap Analysis for LacewingMAP. It is little short of astonishing that this new section of the Virtual Museum already has records for 47 Quarter Degree Grid Cells, 2.3% of the region.

This is Version 1 of the ADU Virtual Museum Gap Analysis. It will be extended to cover Africa, and be extended to be able to find the gaps for specific time periods, for example, gaps since 2000.

2014-09-17 Les Underhill 
ADU page in African Birdlife, September–October 2014

ADU page in African Birdlife, September-October 2014

This topic was chosen because Citizen Science Week is from 20–28 September. We would be delighted if atlasers atlased irresponsibly.

This page is from the September-October issue of African Birdlife, the magazine of BirdLife South Africa. The pdf of this page is available here.

2014-08-08 Megan Loftie-Eaton 

TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's FLUTTERBY FRIDAY! This stunning butterfly is a Little Pansy (Junonia sophia) -- the Little Pansy is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. There are two subspecies of this beautiful butterfly, namely: -- Junonia sophia sophia (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon) -- Junonia sophia infracta Butler, 1888 (Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, eastern Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, western and central Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, northern Zambia)

The Little Pansy prefers forest and savanna habitat. The larvae feed on Paulowilhelmia sclerochiton, Hypoestes verticillaris, Brillantaisa lamium, Sclerochiton paulowilhelmina, Asystasia, Barleria, Justicia, and Ruellia species.

Reference: http://www.atbutterflies.com/nymphalidae.htm