This website is divided into three parts. These parts are only visible once you logged into your account. You will learn how to use each part and the general rules that you need to know to correctly transcribe the scientific labels.

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This tutorial takes about 5 minutes to complete. Please take yourself this time as it will safe you much time later. Start the tutorial by using the navigation button on the right.

The most important page is the transcribe page. You get shown a picture of a butterfly with a label that has been taken in some museum around the world. On the left you can see six form fields. The information that you can see on the right must be transcribed in the relevant fields on the left. Learn on the next page about every field and the information it will hold.

Let us take a look at an example, you can see different blocks of words that we will go through. The relevant block will be highlighted in red.

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The first word generally describes the country where the butterfly originated. Very often the country is shortened and only represented by a country code. The following pages will give important hints in green boxes and common errors in red boxes.

  • Watch out for country codes
  • Countries may be written in different languages, it always helps to google for a word that you don't know. The example label is from a German collector, he writes 'Türkei' instead of Turkey.
  • Collections are old, some political countries may not exist anymore: UDSSR, Yugoslavia

Each label has a date, this date generally describes the date the butterfly has been caught. Dates get represented differently in different countries, butterfly collectors very often use latin numbers to show additionally which number represents the month. It is best when you enter the date with the latin numbers. Sometimes the month is written out in letters, translate it to numbers.

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Don't translate the latin numbers in dates, it is valuable to know which number describes the month

Drop letter combinations around the date that you don't know:

Very often the date is surrounded by a letter combination like TF, LF, LT, UV. This combination describes the method of catch, as you will only see butterflies in this work we do not track these letter combinations, they are more interesting when studying moths. Just drop them and forget about them.

Besides the country the label will contain one or several words describing the locality. In the example label you can see "Prov. Kayseri", "Tahtali Daglari", "2km s Büyükgümüsgün" and "5km s Pinarbasi". Simply enter all the letter combinations that describe a locality separated by a slash into the locality field: "Prov. Kayseri/Tahtali Daglari/2km s Büyükgümüggün/5km s Pinarbasi". Out of this word combination the exact locality can be calculated.

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Add every word describing a locality into the locality field and separate different places by a slash.

On many labels you will find a height information either in meter or feet. This gives the height above sea level of the locality and generally consists of a number between 1 and 4 digits. Each elevation is usually accompanied by a necessary unit, like 'm' of 'ft.'

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Write the elevation into the elevation field. Also write down the metric unit into the elevation field if precised.

What does "38°41'N 36°27'E" mean? This is a longitudinal and latitudinal information. These coordinates are nowadays generally determined with the help of a GPS device. Each number combination describes one spot on the surface of Earth. Several formats do exist, just enter the information into the "GPS" field

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    Different coordinate formats that all describe a locality in Turkey:

  • 38°41'N 36°27'E
  • 38°41'57.0"N 36°27'36.0"E
  • 38.683 N 36.450 E
  • 38.683 N -36.450 W

The last information is the collector. They are generally preceded by the leg. which is a short word for the latin legit. Enter the name of the collector into the collector field. Don't repeat the leg. in front of the name..

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Some labels don't have a collector. Some specimen have been collected by professional butterfly collectors that have local people working for them and then it is usually unknown who collected the specimen

Some labels do have something like coll. John Doe, this means collection of John Doe, and does not tell who collected the butterfly, do not enter this information.

For each label that you transcribe you will earn exactly one credit. In the upper left panel you have to choose a number of credits to bet. The minimal bet is 5 credits. The more credits you bet the more likely it is that you will receive an uncommon or rare butterfly. With 5 credits you basically only get common butterflies but it is not impossible to get one of the better ones. The butterfly pics that you won will be on display in your profile page.

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The profile page basically displays two things. First of all you can receive system messages, for example you can receive credits as a gift for repeated good work. Secondly the profile page has 30 butterfly icons on display. When you unlock a butterfly on the game page the butterfly can be found here.

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