We are currently digitising the
Madagascan Lepidoptera collection, a project that has been supported by John Franks and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.
A drawer of Madagascan type specimens
The specimens imaged are ‘Types’ – specimens from which the relevant species was named and described.
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We have started digitising the Madagascan moths and butterflies, a project that has been supported by John Franks and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.
Holotype of the giant orange-tip ( Gideona lucasi) butterfly, with accompanying barcode
This project is different from our previous Lepidoptera digitisation as it is only looking at
type specimen (or in some cases a group of specimens) is an example specimen on which the description and name of a new species is based.
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previous blog post looked at preparing the Lepidoptera for digitisation. In this post, we will look at the second part of the digitisation process; the imaging and transcription that allows data to be set free and accessed by the global science audience on the Museum’s Data Portal.
The imaging equipment set up to digitise the Lepidoptera collection
Let’s find out what’s involved and why it’s leading to new ways of accessing and using the information in our collections.
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We are working to digitise more than half a million British and Irish butterflies and moths. Our three year
iCollections project started in 2013, and we have received additional funding from the Cockayne Trust to continue this digitisation work to September 2017.
Original drawer with Mullein ( Cuculblia verbasci) specimens.
The mass digitisation of this collection has given Museum scientists the opportunity to study these specimens in new ways. In addition to research carried out in the Museum, digitisation also allows anyone around the world to see the specimens via the
Data Portal. Continue reading “Preparing Lepidoptera for Digitisation | Digital Collections Programme”