The South African Butterfly Assessment is in the process of gathering data on butterfly species distribution. Over and above the inputs given by contributors to the Virtual Museum, digitising specimens from private and museum collections is of great importance.
The objectives of the project are:
Build a comprehensive database
Survey all butterfly species in Southern Africa
Map the distribution of butterfly species
Assess the conservation status of each species according to IUCN criteria
Assess threats to butterflies including the identification of priority threats and threatened species.
Any collector willing to have his collection digitised will be contributing to an important project that is surveying Southern Africa’s butterflies. Your collection is considered valuable and will be handled with care on site. Correct identification of the butterflies in the collection is not a major requirement but aspects such as date collected and locality is very important.
If you are prepared to contribute to the project please contact Ian at the phone numbers 084 722 1988 or 015 793 1482.