BAMONA – Citizen Science Project

Now that there seems to be more activity in butterfly sightings I will be continuing to post sightings on the website even after close of this semester. in fact, I will be attempting to post additional sightings during my vacation out-of-state. I am confident that more sightings and posts will take place prior to coolerContinue reading “BAMONA – Citizen Science Project”

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The recent stretch of dry weather has certainly brought out the frequency and abundance of butterflies. Yesterday on a walk we spotted multiple Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus). This is a very distinctive butterfly, think ‘bright yellow monarch’ it flutters in a similar fashion to the monarch and is the same relative size. Because ofContinue reading “Eastern Tiger Swallowtail”

Issues Facing Butterfly Habitat

Pollinators and Biological Control Agents Butterflies and some moths serve two very important purposes, they provide pollination ‘services’ for flowering plants of many species as well as serving as a control agent of harmful pests.  As a pollinator of plants they are instrumental in the propagation of a wide variety of plants including fruits, vegetableContinue reading “Issues Facing Butterfly Habitat”

History of the BAMONA Website

The Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project is an ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths for the continent of North America from Panama to Canada.  The project is hosted by the Butterfly and Moth information Network and is directed by Kelly Lotts and Thomas Naberhaus.Continue reading “History of the BAMONA Website”

Citizen Project Introduction

I will be photographing butterflies, moths and caterpillars (as you have seen in earlier posts) in order to post on the website  This is a governmental citizen project (formerly operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)) to assist in sighting of the Order of Lepidoptera which includes Butterflies and Moths.  “The BAMONA project aimsContinue reading “Citizen Project Introduction”