Saturday, October 26, 2013

iNaturalist : Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a separate login id for iNaturalist ?

- No you can use your exsting ids like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google, Yahoo or SoundCloud.

2. Can I import my photos from other web sites.

- Yes you can import your photos directly from Flickr, Picasa and Facebook. You can also upload photos directly from your computer or tablet.

3. What are the details I need to enter with the record.

- Photo, Date observed, Place observed are MUST. The location of photo taken is better as precise as we could get. A description and few tags are always good to have. Even if identification help is required, specifying the identity to broad level is always good, like if you are not aware of even the family of the moth, it is always good to specify that it is moth  Butterflies and Moths(Order Lepidoptera)  to start with.

4. How should I help with identification?

- Here is a complete article about the identification process. Confirming / Suggesting identifications on iNaturalist,


5. What are the Projects I should post my records?

 Here is the list of projects for DiversityIndia. iNaturalist Projects documenting Biodiversity of India.


6. Do I need to add project name for each upload I do?

No. It is not a must. But highly recommended, to increase visibility and usability of the data we have posted. More people see it if it on projects and more comments and identifications to confirm the records.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Fauna of British India : Moths

The Fauna of British India (short title) with long titles including The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, The Fauna of British India including the remainder of the Oriental Region is a series of publications that was made by the British government in India and published by Taylor and Francis of London. The series was started somewhere in 1881 after a letter was sent to the Secretary of State for India signed by Charles Darwin, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and other "eminent men of science". W. T. Blanford was appointed editor and began work on the volume on mammals. (Ref Wikipedia)

Moths has 5 volumes
  1. Hampson, G. (1892) Moths 1. Saturniidae to Hypsidae 527 p - 333 fig
  2. Hampson, G. (1894) Moths 2. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 figs
  3. Hampson, G. (1895) Moths 3. Noctuidae (cont.) to Geometridae 546 p - 226 figs
  4. Hampson, G. (1896) Moths 4. Pyralidae 594 p - 287 figs
  5. Bell TRD & F B Scott (1937) Moths. Vol. 5. Sphingidae [537 p - 1 folding map - 15 pl]

        Wednesday, October 23, 2013

        Taxonomy of Moths in India

        Ajai Srivastava,
        IBD Pub, 2002,
        viii, 334 p, plates,
        ISBN : 8170892821



        Moths of India (An Introduction)

        by Isaac Kehimkar

        Edited by Bittu Sahagal
        National Council for Science and Technology Communication,
        NCSTC-HORNBILL Natural History Series
        Hardcover (Edition: 2002)

        Vigyan Prasar
        ISBN 8174800271

        Size: 7.0 inch X 5.0 inch
        Pages: 76 (11 Color &13 B/W Illustrations)

        Moths of India (An Introduction)