Dally, T.; Evans, W. L.; Jane, J.

Morphometric measurements relating to 177 macro-moth species collected in the UK, 2017

A collection of six morphometric measurements (forewing length, body length, thorax length, thorax width, abdomen length, and abdomen width) relating to the 177 macro-moth species sampled by two Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS) light traps (Bentley Wood and Porton Down III) from 33 days across 2017 (11-14 & 31 May; 1, 14-21 & 25-27 June; and 1-11, 17-18, and 24-26 July).

Publication date: 2021-06-29

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Dally, T.; Evans, W. L.; Jane, J. (2021). Morphometric measurements relating to 177 macro-moth species collected in the UK, 2017. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/3a813bd9-59ae-476e-a170-ab83fe1587b2

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2017-05-11    to    2017-07-26

Provenance & quality

Since the RIS light-trap network does not collect and store physical samples, our morphometric trait database was primarily constructed using images of these 177 macro-moth species, namely digitised specimens from the collection of the Natural History Museum, London (NHM). Measurements were taken from 5 randomly-selected digitised specimens per species using ImageJ software. Where significant sexual dimorphism was present within a species, 5 specimens were randomly selected per sex per species.
For macro-moth species without digitised records from the NHM, measurements were taken from the (to scale) photographic colour plates within Skinner, B. 2009. Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles. 3rd ed. Stenstrup, Denmark: Apollo Books, using Duratool digital callipers (resolution: 0.1mm; accuracy: ±0.2mm).

Correspondence/contact details

Dally, T.
School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
 fbstmd@leeds.ac.uk

Authors

Dally, T.
School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
Evans, W. L.
School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
Jane, J.
School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Leeds
 fbstmd@leeds.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
abdomen,  body length,  forewing,  Lepidoptera,  light trap,  morphometric,  Moths,  Rothamsted Insect Survey,  thorax
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/S001298/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:28