LepiMAP Summary Statistics

  Records Taxa Observers Grid cells
Grid cells
(SA region)
All years 389483 1374 5792 1919 1593
2000+ 132671 1308 1574 1613 1291
This year 14049 623 300 613 501



2013-12-21 Les Underhill 



Latest News

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

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.