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Joint research project to improve butterfly identification system

she put all of the species characteristics and photos into a database. Lokhaiser reports that there are 96 species of butterflies in Illinois, their wingspans range from 0.6 to 6 inches, they feed on everything from alfalfa to animal feces, live in a wide variety of habitats, and some are "migrants and vagrants."

Next, for a class project, Bharat Mehra, a graduate student in Heidorns unit, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, used GIS Geographic Information Systems to interactively map the species that people identify. All of the teams work is being plugged into an ongoing Illinois EcoWatch program that uses citizen spotters to track the flora and fauna of Illinois in this case, to monitor the comings and goings, numbers and species of butterflies in the state.


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Contact: Andrea Lynn
a-lynn@uiuc.edu
217-333 -2177
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3-Jun-2001


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