LepiMAP Summary Statistics

  Records Taxa Observers Grid cells
Grid cells
(SA region)
All years 462053 3052 6447 2343 1747
2000+ 205225 2995 2246 2124 1531
This year 14235 943 236 449 380



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!



Latest News

2015-10-31 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
2015 Spring LepiBASH Report!

For the 2015 Spring LepiBASH, 17 to 25 October, 93 observers participated and we received a total of 1883 records!!

-- 965 butterfly records

-- 918 moth records

Of these 1883 records 1273 have been identified already! Well done to our super LepiMAP ID Panel! The 1273 identified records consist of 166 taxa of Lepidoptera.

We received records from 8 African countries: Mozambique, Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and South Africa. The country for which we received the most records outside of South Africa was Tanzania (302 records).

For South Africa, we received records from all 9 provinces! We received the most records for KwaZulu-Natal (455), followed by the Northern Cape (324), and in third place we have Limpopo Province (184). We received the fewest records from Mpumalanga Province (3).

The top ten LepiMAPpers for the Spring LepiBASH are:

1. Martin Grimm (309)

2. Vaughan Jessnitz (278)

3. Altha Liebenberg (142)

4. Johan Heyns (83)

5. Luelle Watts (67)

6. Bernardine Altenroxel (65)

7. Dave Rimmer (63)

8. Quartus Grobler (61)

9. Richard Johnstone (59)

10. Alicia Culverwell (50)

Well done everyone!!! You are super LepiMAPpers!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2015 Spring LepiBASH! You are AWESOME!

2015-10-16 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
The Spring LepiBASH!

Tomorrow (17 October 2015) is Spring LepiBASH liftoff! I hope you will all be launching off into nature to find and photograph as many butterflies/moths as you can! :) See what you can find in your garden, the local park, an open field, a nature reserve, on top of the mountain, down in the valleys..... snap it and map it.

Let's see who can snap and map the most butterflies/moths. See event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/434784976705091/ have fun and happy mapping! 

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.