From 2002 to 2007 volunteer butterfly enthusiasts spent thousands of hours in the field in an effort to record the status and distribution of Vermont butterflies, the first systematic statewide butterfly atlas to be undertaken. As part of this atlas, historic records were digitized from regional collections. Despite their potential importance, butterfly specimens in the UVM Zadock Thompson Natural History Collection had never been catalogued systematically. In January of 2004 we obtained permission to bring 40 volunteers into the collection for a one-day sorting and determination workshop. Volunteers worked in teams, first sorting pinned specimens by family and then to genus and species. After sorting, volunteers worked in pairs to add a unique identification number to each pinned specimen on a separate label, identify each to species, and enter the label data into a spreadsheet. Only people with experience in species identification made determinations, and any difficult or questionable determinations were referred to experts.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 727 records.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
McFarland K, Pfeiffer B (2022): Historic Butterfly Specimens in the UVM Zadock Thompson Natural History Collection Digitized for the Vermont Butterfly Atlas. v1.0. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.vtatlasoflife.org/resource?r=vtztbutterflies&v=1.0
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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: a5d361b0-410b-44fd-9666-0a938c75abd1. Vermont Center for Ecostudies publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.
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State of Vermont, USA
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [42.553, -73.916], North East [45.182, -71.191]|
butterflies and giant silkmoths from Vermont
|Family||Saturniidae (giant silk moths)|
|Title||Vermont Atlas of Life|
|Study Area Description||https://val.vtecostudies.org/|
The personnel involved in the project:
Mostly from student collections held in the museum.
|Study Extent||State of Vermont|
|Quality Control||see intro|
Method step description:
- see intro
- McFarland, K.P. and S. Zahendra. 2010. The Vermont Butterfly Survey, 2002 – 2007: A Final Report to the Natural Heritage Information Project of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. 298 pp. dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1 dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1