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IBAN Lepidotera

Latest version published on Jan 23, 2018
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The International Butterfly Amateur Network (IBAN) provides a framework for national amateur observational groups across countries to capture data about the occurrence of butterflies (Lepidoptera) since 2009. An extensive network of amateur observers use a standard protocol based on Pollard walks, which are transects that range between 300 and 600 m in length, divided into 50 m sections. Each transect should cover a single habitat type. In each visit, transect-walkers have to count all species of lepidoptera that can be seen within 5 m of the transect line. Special behaviours (egg laying or nectaring), as well as developmental stage (e.g., larvae or eggs), should be recorded as well. Time of day and weather conditions are recorded at the beginning of the transect. Along the transect, the number of individuals of every species seen is counted. Un-identified species are counted and recorded either by family or as a predefined complex of two or three similar species. Butterflies seen outside the 5 meter range are recorded as “Extra+the number of the nearest section” (e.g. 5-extra). The end time of the transect is also recorded. For most countries, these sampling efforts happen once every two weeks from the beginning of October to the end of June. But in others, sampling is done throughout the year.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 197 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    197
  • Occurrence 
    247
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    39

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 197 records in English (14 KB) - Update frequency: annually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (12 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (11 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

IBAN T E (2018): IBAN Lepidotera. v1.2. No organisation. Dataset/Samplingevent. http://www.iban.org/ipt/israel

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has not been registered with GBIF

Keywords

Sampling event; Lepidoptera; butterfly; IBAN; Israel; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Taxonomical expert IBAN
IBAN Steering Committee
IBAN headquarters IBAN road Vanessa
http://www.iban.org

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Taxonomical expert IBAN
IBAN Steering Committee
IBAN headquarters IBAN road Vanessa
http://www.iban.org

Who filled in the metadata:

Cláudia Baider
Taxonomic expert
IBAN IBAN road, IBAN road VanCar001 Vanessa Cardui IL
http://www.iban.org

Who else was associated with the resource:

Custodian Steward
Many Volunteers
IBAN Steering Committee
IBAN Planet Earth
http://www.iban.org

Geographic Coverage

The IBAN cover a network across the globe. However this database is a restricted for Israel only.

Bounding Coordinates South West [29.43, 34.26], North East [33.27, 35.57]

Taxonomic Coverage

Butterflies (Lepidoptera) are counted by transect-walkers and identified to species. Un-identified species are counted and recorded either by family or as a predefined complex of two or three similar species.

Order  Lepidoptera (Butterfly)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2009-10-01 / 2012-11-30

Project Data

Since 2009, the International Butterfly Amateur Network (IBAN) provides a framework for national amateur observational groups across countries to capture data about the occurrence of butterflies (Lepidoptera) using a standard protocol based on Pollard walks. Today it is an extensive network of amateur observers across the world.

Title IBAN Butterflies of Israel - 2009 to 2012
Funding This is a volunteer project. Funding for organising data, creating and mantaining a database is through membership and donations.
Study Area Description This subset of the database is dedicated to Israel only.
Design Description The International Butterfly Amateur Network (IBAN) has been providing a framework for national amateur observational groups to capture data about the occurrence of butterflies (Lepidoptera) since 2009. An extensive network of amateur observers use a standard protocol based on Pollard walks[ More information about Pollard walks can be found at http://faculty.wwu.edu/jmcl/Methods/bfly_walk.pdf. ] to capture this information on paper sheets that they send to their national office. These are subsequently digitized. IBAN produces an annual report based on the sightings provided by national members, with updated distribution maps and analysis of population trends for key species.

The personnel involved in the project:

Metadata Provider
Taxonomical expert IBAN

Sampling Methods

AAmateur observers use a standard protocol based on Pollard walks[ More information about Pollard walks can be found at http://faculty.wwu.edu/jmcl/Methods/bfly_walk.pdf. ], or transects that range between 300 and 600 m in length, divided into 50 m sections. Each transect should cover a single habitat type. In each visit, transect-walkers have to count all species of lepidoptera that can be seen within 5 m of the transect line. Special behaviours (egg laying or nectaring), as well as developmental stage (e.g., larvae or eggs), should be recorded as well. For most countries, these sampling efforts happen once every two weeks from the beginning of October to the end of June. Time of day and weather conditions are recorded at the beginning of the transect. Along the transect, the number of individuals of every species seen is counted. Un-identified species are counted and recorded either by family or as a predefined complex of two or three similar species. Butterflies seen outside the 5 meter range are recorded as “Extra+the number of the nearest section” (e.g. 5-extra). The end time of the transect is also recorded.

Study Extent This dataset is from Israel from 2009 to 2012.
Quality Control There are quality control measures in place: every reported record is flagged "Pending approval". Record status is only changed to "Approved" after verification by a designated taxonomic expert. Species spotted out of their regular season or distribution area are flagged for additional verification. Digital data also go through quality control that includes standards are in place that vary from format of date or latitude and longitude, to taxonomical names, to simple verification of common mistakes (typos, extra spaces, etc).

Method step description:

  1. Distribution of species is verified by experts when necessary. Cleaning of data is done periodically using different tools such as OpenRefine, Global Name Resolver, etc.

Additional Metadata

Purpose The IBAN aims to updated distribution maps and analysis of population trends for some key species of butterfly to help biodiversity conservation.
Maintenance Description This resources is expected to be updated yearly.
Alternative Identifiers http://ipt-bid-red.gbif.fr/resource?r=iban