LepiMAP Summary Statistics

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All years 386527 1340 5759 1899 1590
2000+ 129716 1274 1540 1590 1285
This year 11845 547 261 560 465



2013-12-21 Les Underhill 



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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

2014-07-07 Les Underhill 
90000 records uploaded through the Virtual Museum website

90000th Virtual Museum record

The critical first requirement for the Red List assessment of a species is a good and up-to-date distribution map. Without this map, the assessment for a species becomes “Data Deficient” which is an admission of failure: “We do not have enough information about this species to be able to decide where to place it along the spectrum: Least Concern, Near-threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered.”

Even if you do not know your butterflies, your moths, your scorpions, your reptiles, your spiders, your starfish, etc, you can help to build these 21st century distribution maps which are so crucially important. You simply take photographs and upload them into the ADU Virtual Museum. They will be identified by the expert panel for the group.

The ADU’s MammalMAP project is currently partnering the EWT and SANBI to undertake the re-evaluation of the Red List for mammals in South Africa. Our responsibility is to produce the maps on which the assessments are based. If you have photos of mammals, large or small, abundant or rate, from inside nature reserves or (even more valuable) from outside them, please upload them to the Virtual Museum and they will contribute to the Red List assessment. In other words, you are not powerless when it comes to biodiversity conservation. You CAN make a difference.

And each of the other groups will also get their turn to be Red Listed, and re-Red Listed. So please do upload your photos. Start at the Facebook page called ADU Virtual Museum. Click on the cover photo, and it will take you a series of links to slides shows that explain how to do this.

The photo below was the 90000th record to be uploaded to the ADU Virtual Museum through the website upload system. It is a butterfly with the delightful and descriptive common name of Scarlet Tip. Its scientific name is Colotis annae annae. The record was made in 5 July 2014 and uploaded to the Virtual Museum on the same day by Richard Johnstone. The photo was taken at the Zimango Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Go to LepiMAP record 49146 to see this record in its Virtual Museum context.

Please help build the 21st century distribution maps. Your photos are needed for completing the big jigsaw puzzle we are steadily constructing.

2014-07-04 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's FLUTTERBY FRIDAY!

TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's FLUTTERBY FRIDAY! The Guinea-fowl butterfly / Tarentaaltjie (Hamanumida daedalus) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family and the only member of the Hamanumida genus. It is widespread throughout Africa.

The wingspan is 55–65 mm for males and 60–78 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with peaks in midwinter and summer. The Guinea-fowl butterfly's larvae feed on Combretum and Terminalia species.

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

2014-06-26 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
LepiMAP Record of the Week

LepiMAP Record of The Week is this hibernating Garden Commodore (Precis archesia archesia) photographed by Steve Woodhall. He writes: "Our little winter visitor... Commodores overwinter as adults and the winter forms, like this female Garden Commodore seek out sheltered places to hibernate. She sat on our ceiling cornice for a week or two then today's warm weather woke her up. She settled on the sofa to sun herself, then I opened a window to let her out"

This record serves as a reminder to keep LepiMAPping even though it is winter time! Those winter records are super important too! Thank you Steve for all the great records you submit to LepiMAP

2014-05-09 Megan Loftie-Eaton 



FLUTTERBY FRIDAY features the Crimson Speckled Footman / Lappieskombers (Utetheisa pulchella) - this stunning moth belongs to the family Arctiidae. The Arctiidae are a large and diverse (sub)family of moths, with around 11,000 species found all over the world, including 6,000 neo-tropical species. This group includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths (or tigers), which usually have bright colours, footmen, lichen moths, and wasp moths. Many species have 'hairy' caterpillars which are popularly known as woolly bears or woolly worms.

The Crimson Speckled Footman is widespread throughout Africa. Other subspecies are also found in southern Europe, central and southern Asia, and Australia! Please do submit your photos of moths and butterflies to LepiMAP at http://vmus.adu.org.za/ -- LepiMAP is the African moth and butterfly mapping project. Make your photos count for conservation!