Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

How soon will my sighting be verified?

The sighting review time varies widely. Some submitters receive an e-mail confirmation (or rejection) within a matter of days, while others might wait a month or longer. In general, review time for properly submitted records depends on the coordinator's workload and the difficulty of the identification. Please be patient. All of the coordinators are volunteers, and they will review your sighting. On average, about 2,000 sightings are reviewed each month.

Caterpillar submissions pose a particularly difficult problem because most of the larval stages of butterflies and moths are simply unknown. If you have submitted a photograph of a caterpillar that is not a common species, it may take many months to be identified, if at all.

In some cases, records are not reviewed right away because the submitter forgot to fill in all the fields. Check your My BAMONA page to see whether the region information is more specific than country. If you are submitting a record of a species in the United States, you need to supply the state and county information so that the record is automatically assigned to the proper coordinator. Canadian records require the province or territory. If you selected "United States" or "Canada"only, then your record will be delayed while we have to manually look up the state and county of your sighting and then assign it to the coordinator. We receive hundreds of submissions each week. You can edit your pending submissions with more complete Region information so that they will be reviewed sooner.

Some internet service providers do not deliver the automatic e-mails to our users. We have been working hard to make sure that all e-mails are delivered, but if you are waiting for an identification, please be sure to log in and go to your My BAMONA page to check on the status of your submission.

If you are interested in helping the project as a coordinator, learn how you can get involved.