Lepidoptera Sighting

Sampling event
Latest version published by Bioversity International on Jun 7, 2023 Bioversity International
Publication date:
7 June 2023
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The International Butterfly Amateur Network (IBAN) has been providing a framework for national amateur observational groups to capture data about the occurrence of butterflies (Lepidoptera) since 2009. An extensive network of amateur observers use a standard protocol based on Pollard walks to capture this information on paper sheets that they send to their national office. Some of these offices digitize this information into spreadsheets, but others do not have the human resources to do this and they send the paper logs to the IBAN for processing. IBAN produces an annual report based on the sightings provided by these national members, with updated distribution maps and analysis of population trends for some key species. This dataset presents the sighted lepidopterans.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event 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 872 records.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Kalima L (2023). Lepidoptera Sighting. Version 1.1. Bioversity International. Samplingevent dataset. https://ipt.gbif.org/resource?r=lepitopterasighting&v=1.1


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Bioversity International. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e167c912-9931-44bd-8625-97665aa3e6f9.  Bioversity International publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Bioversity International.




Lonjezo Kalima
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Bunda college of Agriculture)
P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe, Malawi
207223 Lilongwe
Central region

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