Lepidoptera of North America Network (LepNet): A Data Portal Documenting Diversity of Moths and Butterflies
The LepNet data portal functions to integrate millions of occurrence records for Lepidoptera and serve data to global aggregators. The project is funded by the NSF-ADBC program ($3.2 million, 2016-2020) and currently includes 26 core museums and 6 partner museums distributed across the United States. We will accomplish the following goals by 2020:
LepNet shares the same database as Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN), which serves occurrence data and images for all arthropods. Both are built on Symbiota, a web-based collections database system that is used for other taxonomic data portals. Both portals work closely with iDigBio, which supports digitization efforts associated with the NSF-ADBC program (e.g., servers, workshops, technically support).
This website is the central data portal for LepNet; all other project information can be found on our project website, it provides content that complements the data, including How-To-Guides and network updates.
LepNet currently serves over 690,772 records for Lepidoptera and 151,355 specimens imaged (12/26/16).