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Butterflies and Moths of North America
Entry ID: BMNA_33

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Abstract: The Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project is ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths. The project is housed at Montana State University and directed by Kelly Lotts and Thomas Naberhaus. Our goal is to fill the needs of scientists and nature observers by bringing verified occurrence and life history data into one ... View entire text

Purpose: There is a growing need for easily accessible, digitized, reliable, and integrated species distribution data to support scientific research. BAMONA utilizes cutting-edge technology and a vast network of recreational and professional lepidopterists to help fill this need.

In recent years, research has indicated that butterflies and other species appear to be shifting their ranges in response to ... View entire text
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  N: 86.0   S: 19.0   E: -60.0   W: -170.0

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Quality Data quality is an issue for all citizen science projects because the value of the database is only as good as its weakest record. Because many species can look very similar and because it can be quite difficult to make identifications, the BAMONA project requires a photograph with each citizen science submission. Records are only accepted if a coordinator can verify a species identification from ... View entire text
Use Constraints Maps shown on this web site were initially created by manually coding maps in
the original publications and creating new maps from those data. The new maps
were checked for errors, but there is a possibility that some errors remain.
Current maps also reflect new county records that have been established since
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Data Center
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: (360) 305-8822
Email: lotts at
Contact Address:
NBII Mountain Prairie Information Node Coordinator Informatics Lab
Big Sky Institute 106 AJM Johnson Hall
City: Bozeman
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59717
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-03-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23