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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 18:07

This web atlas provides a wealth of information on 193 rare species in these insect groups, all made possible by hundreds of records from around the state. These records were amassed over two years from the Natural Heritage Program database, the field work of Natural Heritage Program inventory biologists and cooperators, and in many cases literature sources and museum specimens. The public can use this web atlas to: 1) enter locality name and receive a summary of all rare species in these groups by locality in Virginia; 2) enter a species or common name, and get summary information on its physical appearance, its food or host plants, its habitat requirements, conservation status; 3) view a current county presence map for Virginia; and more. This information, including photos, is provided in printable factsheets for every rare species in the Atlas. This Atlas was developed by the DCR Natural Heritage Program and the DCR Public Communications Office, with funding and initial project vision provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant. Check it out at

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 18:00

BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN (1) needed for a biodiversity study from June 1st to August 5th, 2014. The intern will assist in conducting transect surveys for a study on local species richness and distribution of eastern butterfly species. Surveys are conducted by walking transects and identifying butterflies either by sight or with nets. Sites are located throughout the Williamsburg area, in local parks or managed properties. Along with surveying, duties include data entry, field gear maintenance, and habitat assessment. Surveys start mid-morning, around 9:00am and go until early evening, 5:00pm. The intern will be part of a small team in the ACER lab of Dr. Matthias Leu and have the opportunity to assist in other projects during free time. Field truck is provided for surveys, however a private vehicle is recommended for personal travel outside work. Pay is $3,500/stipend, and housing is provided at the campus of William & Mary for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

*Must be a student at an accredited university, currently enrolled in Spring and Fall 2014.
*Preference for applicants who have had experience identifying eastern US butterflies
*Other important qualifications are an interest in ecology, conservation biology, enthusiasm for field work, and the desire to gain diverse experience sampling flora and fauna. The intern should retain excellent data quality and good spirits, while working alongside other field crew. Biting invertebrates, including mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks, will be present.

Contact Person
Send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF file to Angela Zappalla ( Please put BUTTERFLY RESEARCH INTERN in the email title.

Application deadline: February 28th, 2014

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 19:07

An Eastern Buckmoth record from Pittsylvania, Virginia was added to the database from submitter Andrew G. Carlberg. (Downer-12Feb10)

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 13:38

Thirteen Virginia moth records were added to the database: Agrius cingulatus (Henrico County, Sara Wisman), Antheraea polyphemus (Williamsburg City County, Gill Birtles), Antheraea polyphemus (Loudoun County, Elizabeth Ebert), Antheraea polyphemus (Norfolk City County, Thomas Hindsley), Automeris io (James City County, Poppy Hammond), Campaea perlata (Loudoun County, Joseph R. Ellis), Ceratomia catalpae (Greensville County, Tony Schiera), Eacles imperialis (Fairfax County, Woodydad), Eumorpha pandorus (Williamsburg City County, Woody Sanders), Euparthenos nubilis (Prince William County, Brenda Lebe), Hemaris thysbe (Hanover County, Pam Drew), Hemaris thysbe (Virginia Beach City County, Gina Coerse), and Manduca rustica (Prince Edward County, Charles Motter). (Downer-16Oct09)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 20:09

Four Virginia moth records were added to the database: Hemaris thysbe (Fairfax city County, Bernice Wonderly), Cucullia convexipennis (Bristol City County, Michelle O'Dell), Callosamia angulifera (Virginia Beach City County, Jennifer L. Intravatola), and Hyalophora cecropia (Botetourt County, Jim Malue). (Downer-9Oct09)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 17:42

Eight Virginia moth records were added to the database: Haploa clymene, Actias luna, Hemaris thysbe (Fredericksburg City, Dani O'Connell), Hypercompe scribonia, Darapsa myron (Loudoun County, Louis Barkan), Eacles imperialis (Clarke County, Patricia Frederick), Manduca sexta (Virginia Beach, Dale Carey), and Actias luna (Newport News City, Kristen Sorrell). (Downer-18Sept09)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 19:15

Sixteen Virginia moth records were added to the database: Citheronia regalis (Albemarle County, Jessica R. Thacker), Eumorpha fasciata (Alexadria City, Barry Sperling), Antheraea polyphemus (Chesapeake City, Barbara A.C. Hennig-Loomis), Hypercompe scribonia, Citheronia regalis, Eacles imperialis, Dryocampa rubicunda, and Paonias excaecatus (Chesapeake City, Beth Hobbs), Actias luna (Chesapeake City, Larry Pike), Hypercompe scribonia (Fairfax County, Victoria Cherpes), Hemaris thysbe (Fauquier County, Marcia Haas), Citheronia regalis (Greene County, Laura Ashley), Haploa clymene (Powhatan County, Mack Phalen), Callosamia angulifera (Prince William County, Carole Sheehy), Hypercompe scribonia (Prince William County, Robin Gazawi and Zachary Hackerson), and Hyles lineata (Roanoke County, Paul and Charlie Adams). (Downer-28Aug09)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 08:51

Five new Virginia moth records were added to the database from submitters Ashley Tribby, Lauren Taylor,, Mike Wolenetz, Steve Tanner, and Tracey Woznak. (Downer-29July09)

Monday, July 27, 2009 - 11:53

Five new Virginia moth records were added to the database from submitters Anne Meltzer, George Kuffel, Lorraine Lencina, Victoria Walter, and Kristy Malik. (Downer-13July09)

Friday, June 5, 2009 - 11:28

Two new Virginia moth records were added to the database from submitters John Riegler and Maggie Salvage. (Downer-27May09)

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