Database of Lepidoptera specimens surpasses 50,000 records

Database staff in the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection have spent the past year entering label data from North American butterflies and moths into a multi-organizational database.

November 17, 2017

Anthony Cognato

For a little over a year, database staff in the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection have been busy entering the label data from North American butterflies and moths into a multi-organizational database as part of the LepNet project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These records include all “mircolepidoptera," larger showy species such as silk moths and swallowtail butterflies. We have over 10,000 smartphone and scanned images of adult and larval specimens. This productivity is the result of diligent efforts by Gary Parsons and the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection data entry team.

To access the collection database, visit Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN) and do the following:

  1. Deselect all.
  2. Scroll to Midwest & Plains collections and check The Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (MSU-MSUC).
  3. Push the Search button in the upper right. This brings you to the search page for the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection.
  4. Enter family, genus or species and if needed any of the criteria listed below.
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