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Jun 08, 2022
In News Channel
Butterfly Conservation in the UK are reporting half of all British butterfly species are now on the Red List:- Butterfly Conservation (UK) News Blog article And the corresponding scientific paper:- A revised Red List of British butterflies
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May 10, 2022
In News Channel
Scientists in the UK have used computer vision techniques to analyse tens of thousands of butterfly specimens kept by the Natural History Museum in London. They have found that some British butterfly species are becoming larger in response to climate change. Here is a link to an article on the subject published by The NHM: Climate change has caused Britain's butterflies to get bigger And a link to the corresponding scientific research paper published by The British Ecological Society: Applying computer vision to digitised natural history collections for climate change research: Temperature-size responses in British butterflies
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May 09, 2022
In Tuition
Professional lepidopterists are qualified scientists who study butterflies and moths. They are usually educated to doctorate level and have an academic background in the life sciences. A typical educational route may involve one or more degrees in biology, zoology, environmental science, natural history or entomology. Further postgraduate work in entomology, taxonomy, botany, conservation or natural history is often undertaken, culminating in a master's degree or a doctorate degree in their specialisation. Students should be comfortable in performing experiments on both living and deceased animals in order to better understand the species. Once appropriately qualified, lepidopterists may work in a variety of different environments. As part of his or her career a professional lepidopterist could, for example, research species, study the condition of eco-systems, analyse changes in life cycles and behaviours, hypothesise the reasons for these changes and test their own hypotheses. Career Options Work within academia as a professor and scientific researcher. Be a specialist wildlife biologist alongside conservation scientists and entomologists. Become a researcher within natural history and science museums. Work within parks, botanical gardens, conservation societies and natural habitats. Advise government departments or commercial organisations with regard to lepidopterans as an agricultural pest. Work in laboratories that research all aspects of the lives of butterflies and moths. Salary expectations Earnings are on a par with other professional zoologists. Experience, qualifications, role and locality will have an effect on salary. As an example, a professional lepidopterist educated to doctorate level working in the UK may earn circa £45,000+ (as of 2021) per annum.
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May 08, 2022
In News Channel
Four new species of micro moths have been recorded and described from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan. They are from the genus Filitima as follows: Filatima armata F.subarmata F.afghana F.karii Here is a link to the corresponding research article:- New species and new records of the genus Filatima Busck, 1939 (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae) from Central Asia
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May 08, 2022
In Photography and Videography
This category is for members who wish to upload their own photographs and videos of butterflies and moths for critique, or to discuss appropriate equipment and techniques. Uploading your images is very easy to do. We will host your images for you, you do not need to post them on other sites and link to them. When writing your post you will see a + symbol in a circle at the beginning of each line. Select the photo or video symbol according to your needs and a menu opens. Follow the menu and upload you file. That's it! Please note that I have currently limited the file size of each upload to 5mb. This is ample for most photos and videos but may not be enough for long videos. If that is the case just let admin know and they will temporarily increase the file size for you. Large file sizes will take longer to upload, you will have a progress indicator to let you know the process is underway. If any member requires help with uploading files to their posts please let admin know and they will advise. When offering critique to other members please be constructive and kind in order to help things run smoothly. We hope you enjoy the Photography and Videography category.
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May 07, 2022
In Posts from Forum Admin
In addition to our general forums we also provide a restricted access Science Talk category specifically for professional lepidopterists, entomologists, conservationists and academics. This forum is useful for qualified individuals who wish to discuss techniques, upload texts etc. without the risk of their posts being overlooked in the general forums. The content of posts in the Science Talk category is hidden from the general public. If you are a qualified professional and would like access to the Science Talk category please CONTACT ADMIN with a short resume of your background for consideration. Once accepted you will have full access to the forum. Thank you.
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Oct 16, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
Members are able to upload their own photographs, videos and documents to their posts, in order to illustrate a point or make their post more interesting. There is no need to host your photos and videos on a third-party website first and then link to them - we will host your lepidopteran imagery and documents for free with none of the advertising or annoying pop-ups associated with some other sites. It is very easy to do. When writing your post you will see a + symbol in a circle at the beginning of each line. Select the symbol and a menu opens. Choose the photo, video or document symbol according to your needs. Follow the menu and upload you file. That's it! Please note that uploads are currently limited to a file size 5mb. This is ample for most photos, videos or documents but may not be enough for long videos. If that is the case in your instance just let me know and I will temporarily increase the file size for you. Large file sizes will take longer to upload, you will have a progress indicator to let you know the process is underway. If any member requires help with uploading files to their posts please let admin know and we will advise you on what to do.
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Oct 12, 2021
In Anatomy
Here is a link to a scientific research paper on the iridescence of Apaturi iris and Apaturi ilia wing scales. Originally published by Optical Society of America, 2011. Open access, downloadable .pdf, authors credited on the link. High angular and spectral selectivity of purple emperor (Lepidoptera: Apatura iris and A. ilia) butterfly wings
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Oct 10, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
Some members have asked how to change words within their post into a clickable link, so I have posted the way to do this here, for the benefit of all. Select the words in your post that you wish to make into a link. A menu opens. Click on the symbol that looks like a chain link on the far right of the menu. A text box opens. Paste or type the full URL (website address) of the web page you wish to link to. Click the Save button. Your selected text turns blue and becomes a clickable link.
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Sep 28, 2021
In Behaviour
Here is a link to a research paper titled "Make it simple: mating behaviour of Euphydryas aurinia provincialis (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)". Originally published by the European Zoological Journal in 2019. Open access, the paper's authors are credited on the link. Link to research paper on Marsh Fritillary mating behaviour
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Sep 20, 2021
In Life Cycles
Here is a link to a research paper on retention of memory through metamorphosis. Originally published on Plos.org in 2008. Open access, the paper's authors are credited on the link. Retention of Memory through Metamorphosis: Can a Moth Remember What It Learned As a Caterpillar?
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Sep 19, 2021
In General Discussions
Here is a link to a research paper on how butterflies keep cool, published by British Ecological Society. The research was done in Britain and features British species. The link takes you to the paper which you can read on screen or currently download as a .pdf file free of charge. A list of the paper's authors appears on the site. How Butterflies Keep Their Cool Cheers, Phil.
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Sep 14, 2021
In Anatomy
Here is a link to a scientific research paper on how butterflies fly, the way thrust is generated and an explanation of flexible wing mechanics. Published in The Royal Society Journal. Butterflies fly using efficient propulsive clap mechanism owing to flexible wings
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Aug 12, 2021
In General Discussions
A link to an historic paper hosted by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. It is interesting to compare this paper with modern day scientific texts, having a certain charm that is derived from a style of writing appropriate for its time:- The Emperor Moths of Eastern Africa by E.C.G. Pinhey.
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Aug 11, 2021
In Anatomy
Link to a recent research paper:- Physical adaptations of butterfly proboscises enable feeding from narrow floral tubes
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Aug 09, 2021
In Conservation
Below is a link to a comprehensive publication in pdf format issued by the European Commission on the state of butterfly species within Europe. It is dated 2010, I haven't been able to find a more up-to-date version. European Red List of Butterflies
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Jul 20, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
Please abide by these simple rules before posting to help ensure our forums are a safe and rewarding resource for everyone. Anyone who has an interest in butterflies and moths from anywhere in the world is welcome to join our forums. Please write in English so that the majority of our members can read, understand and reply to posts. The majority of our forum categories are public and anyone can read the content. Swearing or pseudo swearing is not allowed. Children sometimes view this website. By joining Lepidopterology.org members agree not post any material which is defamatory, libellous, rude, racist, disrespectful, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, threatening, obscene, profane, pornographic, offensive, invasive of a person's privacy or in violation of any law. Members agree to only upload photographs, videos and documents which are their own work or where they hold the copyright or where they have permission from the copyright owner or where they have obtained an appropriate licence allowing them to display the work publicly. Ideas, statements and topics can be challenged and debated but personal or defamatory attacks on other members are not allowed. Members agree not to post information pertaining to the location of an endangered or protected species or habitat. Posts encouraging or promoting illicit modern-day collecting or killing of Lepidoptera are not allowed. Posts about licensed collection for scientific study or conservation purposes are allowed. Remember that our forums are largely public and anyone, including non-licensed collectors, can read most of the content. By joining this website, members agree to be bound by these rules. Posts that violate any of these rules may be deleted without explanation by site admin. If violations to these rules are made and they continue after warnings, a member's access to the forums may be suspended or permanently blocked. Thank-you. Now, go ahead - sign up or log in, start posting and enjoy the forums.
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Jul 12, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
We are a global online community and resource portal for people interested in the study and conservation of butterflies and moths. We offer one place for all lepidopterists, entomologists, academics, conservationists and enthusiasts to come together and share comments, ideas, experiences, thoughts and questions on this fascinating subject. We welcome anyone with a passion for butterflies and moths, whether professional or amateur, from anywhere in the world. Our aim is to create a vibrant community of like minded people with a passion for Lepidoptera. Members can post topics, start a discussion, comment on existing posts, ask and answer questions, upload photographs, videos and documents and keep in touch with like minded people from across the globe. An extremely useful feature of the forum, often underused, is the search box. Use it to easily research species, topics, comments, images and more. Please note that we do not allow posts that encourage or promote the unlicensed killing or collecting of Lepidoptera. Posts about licenced collection for scientific or conservation purposes are allowed. The forums are free of charge. Thank you for your interest in Lepidopterology.org
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Jul 12, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
Welcome to Lepidopterology.org. Use the forums as a discussion board to talk about topics linked to Lepidopterology - the study and conservation of butterflies and moths. Take a look at existing posts, articles and resources. Investigate subjects of interest to you by using the Search facility. Here are some tips on how to get started. Explore the categories Categories let users easily navigate the forum and find the topics and answers they are looking for. Read and comment on existing posts, ask questions or start a discussion. Join in the community by being active and keep in touch with like minded people. Write your first post Choose any Lepidoptera related topic that interests you and publish your post in a suitable category. Upload appropriate photos, videos and documents to make your post more interesting. Ask questions and help out if you know the answer to other members' enquiries. Write in English Anyone with an interest in the study of Lepidoptera from anywhere in the world is welcome to join our community. Please write your posts in English so the majority of members can understand them and reply. Keep it friendly! Remember this is a public forum and anyone can see the content. Stay on topic, no swearing or pseudo swearing and treat everyone nicely. Children view the site. Thank you for your interest. Now sign up, start posting and enjoy our growing community.
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Mar 31, 2021
In Posts from Forum Admin
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