LepTraits 1.0 A globally comprehensive dataset of butterfly traits

Vaughn Shirey, Elise Larsen, Andra Doherty, Clifford A. Kim, Faisal T. Al-Sulaiman, Jomar D. Hinolan, Micael Gabriel A. Itliong, Mark Arcebal K. Naive, Minji Ku, Michael Belitz, Grace Jeschke, Vijay Barve, Gerardo Lamas, Akito Y. Kawahara, Robert Guralnick, Naomi E. Pierce, David J. Lohman, Leslie Ries

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Here, we present the largest, global dataset of Lepidopteran traits, focusing initially on butterflies (ca. 12,500 species records). These traits are derived from field guides, taxonomic treatments, and other literature resources. We present traits on wing size, phenology,voltinism, diapause/overwintering stage, hostplant associations, and habitat affinities (canopy, edge, moisture, and disturbance). This dataset will facilitate comparative research on butterfly ecology and evolution and our goal is to inspire future research collaboration and the continued development of this dataset.

Original languageEnglish
Article number382
JournalScientific data
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Funding for this project came from the NSF GoLife collaborative grant “ButterflyNet”: DEB-1541500 to AK and RG; DEB-1541557 to DL; and DEB-1541560 to NP and DBI-1738243 to LR. VS was supported by Georgetown University and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (DEB-1937959).

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