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LepSoc supports a wide range of fun, educational conservation-related projects about Butterflies and Moths. You don't have to be a member of the Society to take part but by joining you help support and sustain these projects. They are funded partly by LepSoc membership fees, and by donors through the Society's Trusteeship of the Brenton Blue Trust. If you are excited by what we are doing, please join so you can support us!

SALCA logoSouthern African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment

The Southern African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment (SALCA) is a two-year project of the Brenton Blue Trust (BBT) and LepSoc. It is aimed at evaluating the conservation priorities of our butterflies and moths (buttermoths) in the southern African region.

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BED (Butterfly Evolutionary Diversity)

The Butterfly Evolutionary Diversity (BED) project is a three-year project between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and LepSoc. The BED project seeks to map patterns of evolutionary diversity for butterflies across South African landscapes. This is an exciting research project and aims to identify areas not only of high butterfly species richness and conservation concern, but also areas of high evolutionary importance.

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Previously South African Butterfly Conservation Assessment

LepiMAP is the African Lepidoptera mapping project. It is a Citizen Science project run jointly by the Animal Demography Unit and the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa. LepiMAP aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies and moths in Africa.

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corel-logo-110Custodians of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera

Custodians Of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera (COREL) is a joint LepSoc-Brenton Blue Trust project to secure the survival of our threatened butterfly and moth species. 

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LepiBase

Lepibase/Lepidops

Allowing experienced Lepidopterists to load collection and observation data in bulk, and use collection curation tools such as specimen and data labels.

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Previously Great Moth Caterpillar Hunt Challenge

Combining the efforts of both expert lepidopterists and citizen scientists to discover the life histories of all Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) occurring in Africa. 

If you’ve found a strange caterpillar eating your plants and you want to know what it will become, you’ve come to the right place.

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BCW/BASHES

AutumnBASH & SpringBASH
(Previously Butterfly Census Week)

BCW proved difficult because of unpredictable weather. Also, the identification of species seen could not always be verified to the same degree of accuracy as used in LepiMAP. LepSoc and ADU have therefore decided to change BCW to two seasonal, month-long ‘BASHES’, with a photographic emphasis.

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