History of Butterflies and Moths of North
Butterflies and Moths of North America Web
sites were conceived and developed by a team of scientists at
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in 1995 and were inspired
by paper atlases created by Paul Opler, Harry Pavulaan, Ray
Stanford, and their many cooperators. The mission, in part, of
Northern Prairie's Grassland Ecosystem Initiative was to work with
others to assess the biotic resources of the Great Plains, to
facilitate information sharing among agencies, organizations, and
individuals, and to synthesize that information. Development of the
Butterflies and Moths of North America Web sites was a logical
avenue for furthering the goal of making information on the biotic
resources of the Great Plains more widely available to
decision-makers, resource managers, scientists, and the public.
These resources achieved almost instant success and quickly became
the most popular of the more then 400 biological resources on the
Northern Prairie Web site. Today Butterflies and Moths of North
America enjoy a new home under the auspices of the National
Biological Information Infrastructure. Shane C. Erstad, Douglas H.
Johnson, and Terry L. Shaffer from Northern Prairie were
instrumental in the inception and development of the resources.
Approximately 50 students from Jamestown College coded the data,
prepared the photographs, and formatted the species accounts. Thomas
K. Buhl and the late David P. Fellows responded to the thousands of
e-mail inquiries that the resource spawned.