ButterflySCAN protocols

The Basic ID Process:

  • Where are you:
    • Geographic location?
    • Habitat?
  • What time of year is it?
  • General color?
    • Pattern (veins, patches, spots)
  • General size?
  • Wing outline (regular, jagged, pointed wing apex, tailed, etc.)
  • Ventral vs. Dorsal view?
  • Flight Pattern and/or Perch position?


Protocol details

  • Conduct one survey every 2 weeks
    • Walk the same route each time
  • Aim to survey for 30-60 minutes
  • Survey during good weather, daylight hours (~9AM- 3PM)
  • Record # of each species seen
    • You will miss some… don’t sweat it
  • Respect residents’ privacy
  • Enter data on eButterfly
  • Be safe!
  • Have Fun!
  • Ask questions if you have them!



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