Sunday, July 28, 2013

Common Buckeye

Birders have eBird. Dragonfliers have Odonata Central. Now butterfly enthusiasts have eButterfly. The eButterfly site, originally built to document the identity and distribution of Canadian butterflies, now covers the United States. Those interested can submit photos which are then vetted by experts. Accepted records are then plotted on a map, which can be accessed by those wishing to learn the distributions of individual species. If you try this out, be sure to click “English” rather than “Latin” if you enter a common name.

This site is still in its infancy (at least for the United States). This Common Buckeye, which Erika and I found last week at Afton State Park, is only the second eButterfly record for Minnesota, despite the fact the species is relatively common here. See, for example, my previous post on the species. As you add records, you can build your own butterfly lifelist, along with your various  photos, all the while building an overall data base of butterfly distribution.

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