First, a few basics, the most effective and useful way to get your data into eButterfly is by taking good notes at each location. Each time you go butterflying you should try to keep a complete checklist of butterflies with estimated counts of each species, and try to limit your checklists to fairly refined geographic areas (e.g., your yard, a local park, a favorite natural reserve hiking path). The more specific you are about your locations, the better the My eButterfly tools are at building your lists. There is no limit to the number of locations you can have, and a good general rule is the more specific you are with your site information, the better.
Ok let’s get started:
- Login to your account (or Register as a New User)
- Navigate to Submit Observation on the top menu
- Select on ‘Find on Map’ or ‘Enter Latitude/Longitude’ to choose the way you would like to enter your location information.
- If in ‘Find on Map’, you can use the search function on the left to find your location or use the google map itself to zoom in on your location. Make sure to name your location something important to you as you are saving the location information for your future use. If in ‘Enter Latitude/Longitude, enter your Lat/Long information (make sure you use a – for Longitude! We don’t think you went to Uzbekistan and found a Western tailed blue.) .
- Press Next when you are done
- Here fill in how you observed your butterflies. Folks mostly do traveling surveys. Atlas programs and scientific studies use area surveys, and incidental observations are for species you see here and there such as in the grocery store parking lot or at the bus stop.
- On the same page, fill in the day and time you spent looking for butterflies. Time needs to be reported in military time (e.g. 1 PM = 13:00). Report the number of people in your group including yourself.
- On the next page, you will see a list of species. Please fill in an estimate of the number of individuals next to the species name. If you don’t know the number, place an X next to the species name.
- If you would like to add a photo, comment or change the life stage information (the default is adult), click on the small pen icon that appears when you fill in the number of individuals. A popup will give you options to do that here.
- Above the Finish button on the right hand side, is a statement we would like you to verify. It reads ‘I am submitting a count of all butterflies I saw at this location, day, and time.’ We want to find out whether you are reporting all the butterflies you were able to identify to the best of your ability. Answer "Yes" to this question when you record every species present that you found; not just the highlights. We realize that all butterflies are not identifiable and user abilities vary. You should always answer 'Yes' to this question unless you are purposefully excluding some species (e.g., cabbage whites) from your checklist. You do not need to count all the individuals present to answer 'Yes' to this question (you can enter 'x' for species you observed but did not count). Please report all species in your checklists; it improves our ability to analyze your data and make better range maps for everyone.
- Press the Finish (blue button on the right hand side) and you’re done. Congrats!