Nettle-Tree Butterfly

The Nettle Tree Butterfly is a snout butterfly that ranges across Europe, Africa and Asia. Obtaining an accurate count of butterflies with humans standing on the ground is problematic. Could a drone (UAV) provide better counts?

A group of scientists tested a UAV to count butterflies in Sobaeksan National Park, South Korea. Through trial and error, they determined that 4 meters was high enough to minimally disturb the butterflies while still allowing the butterflies to be identified. The UAV would hover in flight for 5 minutes collecting data from the surrounding areas. The camera was moveable and controlled by the scientists to focus on swarms of butterflies that were present. They concluded that drones are a useful tool for population monitoring.

Bojana Ivosevic, Yong-Gu Han and Ohseok Kwon. Monitoring butterflies with an unmanned aerial vehicle: current possibilities and future potentials. Journal of Ecology and Environment. 16 February 2017. 2017 41:12.
DOI: 10.1186/s41610-017-0028-1

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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