LepiMAP Summary Statistics

  Records Taxa Observers Grid cells
Grid cells
(SA region)
All years 413918 2188 6041 2100 1660
2000+ 157089 2122 1822 1826 1390
This year 17809 822 309 581 469



2015-07-21 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
Mapping Africa!




LepiMAP’s ultimate goal is the conservation of wild populations of butterflies and moths, and their habitats, in Africa. This entails educating and encouraging people to observe, appreciate, and understand the needs of living insects. LepiMAP is a section of the Animal Demography Unit’s Virtual Museum and is a database containing photographic records of butterflies and moths, together with the dates and places of occurrence.

You can make your photos count for biodiversity conservation by submitting them to LepiMAP here: http://vmus.adu.org.za/ -- in order to conserve a species properly we first need to understand its geographic distribution and abundance, and you can help us to achieve these goals by becoming a LepiMAPper!



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2015-07-21 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
LepiMAP Records for July 2015

We need another 990 LepiMAP records to get the July 2015 total above that of July 2014!! With 10 days left to go, can we do it? The winter has been long and cold, but we need everyone to dig deep and LepiMAP all and any butterflies/moths that they can find! Or, if you have a backlog of photos to submit to the database, we urge you to please do so this month! Let's keep our awesome 2015 momentum going, don't fall into the winter slump! Spring is almost here!!! So keep warm and keep LepiMAPping! http://vmus.adu.org.za/

~ Megan Loftie-Eaton

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.