We have the following membership options:
|Discussion forum||Read only|
|Post Event listings||Read only|
|Practical Guide access|
|Metamorphosis - e-mailed articles|
|Metamorphosis - online|
|Metamorphosis - posted print copy|
Finally, we have pricing for SA and international members.
If you've found our site, chances are you're curious about butterflies and moths and decided to have a look. As you can see, some parts of the site are hidden to non-members. We haven't done this to be difficult; we just want to ask people to contribute to the Society so we can improve our services and achieve our conservation objectives.
Why should you become a member? Well, there are several reasons.
- LepSoc Africa is the major organisation on the continent that is directly involved in butterfly conservation. At present we are funded mostly by members. We do hope to attract more corporate sponsors and donors.
- You can do something concrete to help butterfly conservation by joining.
- You support Metamorphosis, Africa's premier English-language peer-reviewed Journal on Lepidoptera; everything you need to know about recent developments is there, as well as a comprehensive archive.
- You will help support our projects:
- COREL: Custodians Of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera. A project funded by LepSoc Africa and the Brenton Blue Trust. It aims to secure the survival of all our IUCN Red Listed species.
- LepiMAP: A joint project with the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) of the University of Cape Town, currently funded jointly by LepSoc Africa.
- Caterpillar Rearing Group Africa: A LepSoc Africa project that aims to record the life histories of all Africa's Lepidoptera – butterflies and moths. This is funded by the Society and private donors.
- LepiBase: An all-Africa database of Lepidoptera field observation data.
- SpringBASH and AutumnBASH: A joint project with ADU, giving citizen scientists a way to record butterflies and moths in their chosen area over a month during the two main periods of activity.
- You will be in contact with all the other members. You can post events on the calendar, and learn what others have got planned. We cater for anyone interested in butterflies and moths - from the casual observer, to the 'butterflyer' and photographer, gardeners and lepidopterists.
- You might ask - isn't this Government's concern? Well of course in the best of all possible worlds it would be. But our Government has much more pressing humanitarian objectives. The responsibility for conservation is more and more falling on the shoulders of the concerned enthusiast. And that means YOU - so please help, and join The Lepidopterists' Society of Africa.
Lepsoc uses an online member management system. In order to join, follow these steps:
- Choose your membership type
- Go to the Membership Options tab above and review the options
- Click on "Proceed to Step 2..."
- Select from SA and International member options and click on the appropriate button
- Click on Register
- Enter your profile details
- Create a username and password. You will need these in order to access some of the content and features on the site, as well as to renew your membership.
- Enter your profile information. Most of this is only visible to administrators.
- Optionally select a profile image.
- Your interests and profile image will be visible to other members when they log in to the site.
- Pay for your subscription
- Choose either bank transfer (EFT) or online (debit and credit cards, excluding MasterCards)
- Complete your payment
- Await your user activation
- Card payments will result in immediate activation
- Bank transfers are manually processed, so please allow us some time to activate your username
- Login to the site
Dear LepSoc members,
For some time now your Society has been changing. We've moved almost entirely to electronic media. All communications are now via the www.lepsoc.org.za website; our Journal Metamorphosis is also electronic. Membership fees have moved slowly or not at all.
Electronic communication is the way the world is moving. Print and postage costs have risen dramatically since the days when we sent out Metamorphosis quarterly by post. Members of long standing will remember what a challenge that was – we were never on time. One of the biggest problems was that we could not publish until the 'bus was full'. This created delays that frustrated authors, and we started to lose articles. And the costs were becoming unsustainable.
By publishing online we able to get off the 'quarterly' treadmill and move to publishing articles online as soon as they had been edited. This succeeded in speeding up publication, and of course the articles were now all full colour PDFs. The number of submissions rose, and Metamorphosis is now a great success – thanks to its excellent editorial team.
For it to take part in LepSoc's plans to secure the sustainability of our Lepidoptera, Metamorphosis needed to become the premier Journal for publication of information on African lepidoptera taxonomy, ecology and conservation. This required that it be cited far more often than it had been. For this reason, the electronic version was made open-source. You no longer have to be a member of LepSoc to access the electronic copy; all you have to do is visit www.metamorphosis.org.za and register and log in.
We did manage to reduce printing and postage costs by combining all articles in an A4 Annual each year – for a while. Print and postage costs are rising quickly again. Recent Metamorphosis Annuals have been costing almost as much as the old A5 Quarterlies, and it is a rising trend. Clearly, given our current fee structure, this is unsustainable.
We have taken the decision to no longer include a free printed copy of the Metamorphosis Annual in the Ordinary membership fee. We have to do this to avoid having to drastically increase subscriptions across the board. As many members are happy to receive and use the PDF copies only, we believe it is fairer to make the hard copies available at an extra fee.
From today, two new membership categories have been created – Subscriber and International Subscriber. This includes a copy of the Metamorphosis Annual, posted to your address.
Other membership fees will not change. Sponsor, Honorary Life and Subscriber Members will always receive an annual printed copy of Metamorphosis. All Ordinary Members who were paid up to the date of this message will receive a printed copy of Volume 26 of Metamorphosis, containing all the articles published during 2015. Thereafter they will have to convert to Subscriber or Sponsor Members in order to receive the printed version.
You may ask – why be an ordinary member? Well, you still get quite a lot of privileges for this.
- Every new Metamorphosis article will be e-mailed to you as a PDF download, for you to file or print yourself (this is new, you may have noticed these coming through in the last few months).
- You have exclusive access to the new 'Practical Guide to Lepidoptera in Africa', which is only accessible via www.lepsoc.org.za.
- You will get free or discounted access to LepSoc events
- You can post and comment in the site's discussion forums
- You can create events in the site's calendar
- You will receive regular e-mail updates on LepSoc events, news etc directly via the site.
You will also be continuing to support LepSoc Africa in its efforts (with the Brenton Blue Trust) as the only organisation driving Lepidoptera conservation in Africa.
Please continue to support your Society by joining or renewing your subscription.
Steve Woodhall (President)