Butterfly names/Scientific names help

Doug Yanega dyanega at pop.ucr.edu
Mon Nov 4 23:44:21 EST 2002

>Anyway I`m asking if anyone here has a easy source or web site where 
>I can add (cut and paste) the correct scientific names to the web 
>site which covers all of North Carolina`s 169 butterfly species. 
>This will take some time to redo some 140 butterfly pages.
>Always thinking outside the box......

Prepare to be boxed in, then: there are no two resources, either 
web-based or in print, which give the exact same list of taxa and 
same scientific names for North American butterflies. While the 
majority of taxa are identical from list to list, there are always 
discrepancies; there is no consensus for *all* taxa. I've been trying 
for years to find a single authoritative source for butterfly taxon 
names, and have pretty much given up. Too many "subspecies" and too 
few revisions to indicate which of them deserve recognition and which 
do not. You might need to just pick one resource (such as ITIS) and 
go with what they say, though the odds that it'll recognize the same 
169 species you do are pretty slim.

Good luck,

Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
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