U.S. Butterfly ( & Moth) Lists/New BF Books
Paul_Opler at usgs.gov
Mon Aug 17 14:16:00 EDT 1998
Plans are to include Canadian distributions as well.
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Subject: Re: U.S. Butterfly ( & Moth) Lists/New BF Books
Author: gganweiler at sprint.ca at NBS-Internet-Gateway
Date: 8/1/98 6:43 PM
The USGS site is a GREAT resource - and will only get better as time goes
on and material is added - and anyone who has attempted to do something
like this even at the local level must know what a massive job it is.
Being a Moth ( mainly noctuid) fanatic - I checked out some of the data for
that group only. The first time I have seen a number of species
illustrated anywhere (thanks Paul !) The maps are a great start, but show
only what has been compliled, and in many cases are very far from accurate
(i.e. show only a fraction of the published ranges) for showing the known
ranges - but a start !!
I have only one burr in my butt. The site is called Moths of North America
- but completely ignores both Canada and Mexico (not to mention Alaska,
Hawaii etc.). And you "Americans" wonder why you are sometimes percieved
as a touch arrogant !!!
Bottom line -thanks to all the people who contribute to the project - and
please carry on! A huge job, but if it continues to evolve it will be a
priceless resource. Hope I will be able to contribute more myself in
Gary Anweiler, a proud "Canajun"
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