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Records of Giant Silkmoths (Saturniinae) from Vermont Collections and 2002-2007

Latest version published by Vermont Center for Ecostudies on Sep 28, 2018 Vermont Center for Ecostudies

From 2002 to 2007 volunteer butterfly enthusiasts spent thousands of hours in the field in an effort to record the status and distribution of Vermont butterflies. Coupled with this survey was an effort to record all sightings of giant silkmoths (Saturniinae) that were found. As part of the effort, public and private natural history museums were visited to record past records of these species too. This effort continues today as naturalists find and report their sightings via the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence 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 87 records.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

McFarland K (2018): Records of Giant Silkmoths (Saturniinae) from Vermont Collections and 2002-2007. v1.4. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.vtecostudies.org/ipt-2.3.5/resource?r=vbs-giant-silkmoths&v=1.4

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Vermont Center for Ecostudies. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2e4f4ed1-77d0-4ee2-a895-6f894d3fcc13.  Vermont Center for Ecostudies publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Kent McFarland
conservation biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 05055 Norwich Vermont US 802-649-1431

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Kent McFarland
conservation biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 05055 Norwich Vermont US 802-649-1431

Who filled in the metadata:

Kent McFarland
conservation biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 05055 Norwich Vermont US 802-649-1431

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
Kent McFarland
conservation biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 05055 Norwich Vermont US 802-649-1431

Geographic Coverage

State of Vermont, United States

Bounding Coordinates South West [42.65, -73.652], North East [45.042, -71.455]

Taxonomic Coverage

All Giant Silkmoths (Saturniinae) found in Vermont

Subfamily  Saturniinae (giant silkmoths)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2002-05-01 / 2007-11-01

Project Data

From 2002 to 2007 volunteer butterfly enthusiasts spent thousands of hours in the field in an effort to record the status and distribution of Vermont butterflies. Coupled with this survey was an effort to record all sightings of giant silkmoths that were found. Additionally, private and public natural history collections were visited to record any historic specimens that were present. Four species of silkmoths were reported during the survey from 2002-2007: Cecropia Silkmoth (18 records), Promethea Silkmoth (7 records), Polyphemus Moth (10 records), and Luna Moth (28 records). Columbia Silkmoth (no historic records in Vermont, but found nearby in Quebec) and the exotic Ailanthus Silkmoth (one historic record) were not reported. It is difficult to determine if these moths are truly rare or if the paucity of records simply reflected observers focusing on butterflies as this was completed as a smaller companion project with the Vermont Butterfly Survey.

Title Vermont Butterfly Survey - Vermont Atlas of Life
Funding Financial support was provided by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife – Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife – State Wildlife Grants, the William P. Wharton Trust, the Windham Foundation, ESRI: Environmental Systems Research Institute and individual supporters and donors.
Study Area Description State of Vermont, United States.
Design Description From 2002 to 2007 volunteer butterfly enthusiasts spent thousands of hours in the field in an effort to record the status and distribution of Vermont butterflies. Coupled with this survey was an effort to record all sightings of giant silkmoths that were found. Additionally, private and public natural history collections were visited to record any historic specimens that were present.

The personnel involved in the project:

Sampling Methods

Random observations collected during the Vermont Butterfly Survey. See McFarland, Kent; Sara Zahendra (2013): Vermont Butterfly Survey 2002-2007. figshare. Paper.https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1

Study Extent State of Vermont, United States
Quality Control Specimens and photographs were taken for most observations and identified by project biologists. See McFarland, Kent; Sara Zahendra (2013): Vermont Butterfly Survey 2002-2007. figshare. Paper.https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1

Method step description:

  1. See McFarland, Kent; Sara Zahendra (2013): Vermont Butterfly Survey 2002-2007. figshare. Paper.https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1

Bibliographic Citations

  1. McFarland, Kent; Sara Zahendra (2013): Vermont Butterfly Survey 2002-2007. figshare. Paper.https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.827269.v1
  2. McFarland, Kent P. and Bryan Pfeiffer. Vermont Butterfly Survey. Vermont Center for Ecostudies – Vermont Atlas of Life. Retrieved from http://val.vtecostudies.org. 9-1-2018.
  3. McFarland, K.P. 2015. Vermont Giant Silkmoth (Saturniinae) Atlas. Vermont Center for Ecostudies – Vermont Atlas of Life. Retrieved from http://val.vtecostudies.org. 9-1-2018.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 2e4f4ed1-77d0-4ee2-a895-6f894d3fcc13
http://ipt.vtecostudies.org/ipt-2.3.5/resource?r=vbs-giant-silkmoths