RESOURCES: Butterfly Nooks

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Science  02 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5667, pp. 23
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5667.23d

With more than 110,000 known species, butterfly and moth diversity sets nature photographers' hearts aflutter. Helping taxonomists keep the insects' nomenclature straight is the Butterflies and Moths of the World database from the Natural History Museum in London, which clarifies the status of more than 31,000 published genus names. There's also a gallery of over 400 specimens representing most of the world's 131 butterfly and moth families.

For the latest developments in butterfly research—from new species to climate-related population declines—check out the Lepidopterology news section at this site from entomologist Stanislav Abadjiev of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. The site also holds brief biographies of eminent butterfly and moth experts and a synopsis of Balkan families.

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