LepiBase is an active database containing species records from participating members as well as the SABCA data and in future the LepiMap data.  The purpose of this database is to build up a dataset with sufficient data to perform distribution and trend analyses of Lepidoptera species.  The LepiBase dataset is designed to capture not only record location data but also other behavioural data with the purpose of offering students of Lepidoptera, Environmentalists and Conservationists a verifiable data set to assist in their efforts.  The database was initiated in 1995 and has captured records since then.  It has recently been expanded to include the SABCA database and is continuously being updated with new records.  All parties are encouraged to participate.  Data usage is free for contributors.  In order to facilitate data entry contributors must make use of the data structure which is defined as either an Excel spreadsheet according to specific requirements or using the LepiDops programme.  A few easy to use excel applications are available to assist with data entry.

LepiDops is a programme designed specifically to capture reference data of Afrotropical Lepidoptera and at present lists virtually all Butterflies of Africa as well as a fairly large portion of the South African Moths with an ever expanding list of the Afrotropical Moths.  At present it contains well over 30000 images of Afrotropical Lepidoptera and the image base is continuously improved. 

In order to facilitate species identification the programme offers a number of advanced features such as image working trays, image enlargement, image comparison screens, group views and so on.  It will soon have a web access to allow for limited viewing of species.

The programme offers a separate data entry application which is available for free to assist with surveying data entry into LepiBase as mentioned before.

Lepidoptera data gathering software

This MS Excel workbook, developed by Gauteng Butterfly and Moth Club chair Jeremy Dobson, allows you to capture your butterfly observations in a format that can be loaded into Lepibase by the Data Administrator.


This is the standard method of data capture for all non-Lepidops users. Completing the locality data and ticking the boxes on Sheet 1 "Checklist" satisfies the minimum requirement for Lepibase. There are additional optional fields (yellow shaded headings) which may be filled in on Sheet 2 "Table".

All members have to do is then save it as a trip report and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will upload it into Lepibase. NOTE: NO OTHER EXCEL SPREADSHEETS WILL BE GIVEN THIS PRIVILEGE.

We will regularly update this sheet as taxonomic nomenclature changes.

Due to restrictions of the web, we cannot place a free copy of the current version of Lepidops on the website. If anyone is interested in the software, please contact Bennie Coetzer to arrange for a copy to be sent via a FTP link.

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