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Aim of the project

Digitization and indexing of 150,000 butterflies and moths from the Palaearctic macrolepidoptera group.

Description of the project

The insects from the Lepidoptera group are some of the oldest and best represented in the Entomological Collection. Consequently, the digitization and indexing project focuses on this sub-collection.

In the project, 150,000 specimens from the Palaearctic macrolepidoptera collection (butterflies and moths) with an emphasis on Switzerland are to be photographed and indexed. So far, there have only been labels on the insects bearing information on the collector, location, collection date and scientific name. These specimens constitute key primary data for biodiversity research with a view to analysing the distribution and migration of species, for instance. In order to render this research data easy to use again, one of the project’s explicit aims is to make them freely accessible online. 

July 2016 to December 2019:Project duration

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Dr. Rod Eastwood
Project coordination
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