CLE Butterfly Survey

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Different prairie restoration schemes in the Common Land Experiment will affect the abundance and presence of butterflies. This table contains the result of transect surveys carried out on warm and calm days between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

This datatable is part of the Butterfly Surveys dataset. Periodic Butterfly surveys from locations around KBS.

In order to prevent the loss of biodiversity, natural habitat must be incorporated in production landscapes. The LTER has been a leader in understanding how crop management affects ecosystem functions and productivity, however, many questions remain regarding how crop management affects biodiversity and ecosystem services at higher trophic levels. An understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services is particularly important with the addition of the prairie strips in the LTER MCSE. Butterflies are a group of animals highly valued for pollination ecosystem services and cultural services. We sample butterflies across agricultural treatments, along prairie strips, and in Conservation Lands Experiment (CLE) plots in and around the LTER

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Experiment: Conservation Lands Experiment
Data available from: July 2020 to September 2021
Dataset: KBS142
Datatable ID: KBS142-002.39
Core Areas Populations
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Last Updated 2022-04-27
Variate Description Units
sample date Sample Date in the Eastern Time zone
site Site sampled
treatment field treatment
replicate field replicate
transect type the type of transect performed
transect length m the length of the transect meter
transect walking time min the time it took to walk the transect minute
local start time the local time the transect was started
start temperature c the air temperature at the start of the transect celsius
cloud cover the estimated cloud cover in percent dimensionless
wind speed avg kph The average wind speed at the start of the transect measured with a Kestrel wind speed meter kilometers/hour
wind speed max kph maximum wind speed recorded on the Kestrel meter at the start of the transect kilometers/hour
field species preliminary field species identification
family family of the butterfly species observed
species species of the butterfly were observed and corrected for errors from the field identification.
common name common name of the butterfly observed
comments comments about the observation

Data Excerpt

sample_date site treatment replicate transect_type transect_length_m transect_walking_time_min local_start_time start_temperature_c cloud_cover wind_speed_avg_kph wind_speed_max_kph field_species family species common_name comments
2020-07-17 CLE No Till strip 100.0 8.0 15:23:00 31.0 0 3.4 7.6 Monarch Nymphalidae Danaus plexippus Monarch
2020-07-17 CLE No Till strip 100.0 8.0 15:23:00 31.0 0 3.4 7.6 Monarch Nymphalidae Danaus plexippus Monarch
2020-07-17 CLE Field Lab strip 100.0 8.0 15:20:00 30.5 10 6.6 11.9 Crescent sp Nymphalidae Phyciodes sp Crescent sp
2020-07-17 CLE Field Lab strip 100.0 8.0 15:20:00 30.5 10 6.6 11.9 Crescent sp Nymphalidae Phyciodes sp Crescent sp
2020-07-17 CLE Field Lab strip 100.0 8.0 15:20:00 30.5 10 6.6 11.9 Monarch Nymphalidae Danaus plexippus Monarch
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