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Maps courtesy of Mike Boone

Check out the new "Data" tab for guide pages. Mike Boone put together some code to generate maps and I just finished plugging that in to the site. I think he has done a really nice job. My only tweak was to change the colors a bit to match the color scheme.

In addition to the maps, I added some extra data showing the distribution of images by month for each state and province. That should be handy to determine when you are likely to see something.

Mike let me know he might be out of touch for awhile, but when you see him posting again let him know what you think.

This is absolutely fantastic, both the map and the date information. A wonderful addition to BugGuide. The site just keeps getting better.

Do we need a more obvious disclaimer, "This is not intended to be a genuine range map, but instead simply shows states from which photos of this species have been posted"? Otherwise we may get visitors who think, "Hmmph, BugGuide doesn't have very accurate range maps."

One other thought: Should the maps have their own tab? I might never have thought to click on "Data," but would have been much more likely to click on a tab that said "Map." On the other hand, since date data is included too, maybe "Map" isn't the proper label.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

I see Troy had time to integrate this while I was away. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I've long been interested in mapping, and this is a fun way to look at the BugGuide data. Troy did a good job on the integration and the state/month chart is useful too. It looks great!

Awesome! Thanks!

Thanks as always for the kind words
I really like the maps too, and I'm glad Mike offered to take on that particular task as I probably never would have tackled it on my own.

Most probably can't appreciate this, but what he delivered to me was a cinch to integrate. Like any pro, he made a difficult task appear easy.

Great stuff!
The maps are definitely a great feature, as are all the other recent improvements. Praise to both you and Mike for making this possible!

A tweak
I think I will change the months layout a bit. For something wideranging it can be a long list and you lose the context for what's what.

I think I'll group things into regions: Northeast, Southeast, Central, etc. That way the seasonal trends will be more obvious and the data isn't quite so much to take in all at once.

I am delighted to see this new feature. It is a great thing, thanks to Mike and Troy.
Only one question: if I see the same species several times in different months, should I report the additional dates so that they can be included, too?

Yes, within reason
I would not go crazy and upload separate photos for every month solely for that purpose. Photos chosen to establish the limits of the range and season would certainly be beneficial though.

In time I suspect things will fill in nicely.

I echo Tony's sentiment: a great addition to BugGuide. Not only is it helpful, it's just plain cool. Congrats to Mike and Troy.
Would a different version of the map be generated if someone posted a photo from Newfoundland or anywhere north of the 60th parallel?

Fixed Borders
Hi Robin, it is possible for the map generating tool to do what you're suggesting, but I wanted to keep it simple. If you look at the data for the Arthopods, you'll see how I handle Alaska and the non-visible provinces. It's probably not worth it at this point to worry about dynamic map borders unless we start getting a lot of images from the northern areas.

Not quite
I think you are asking would a different map show up if the range included, for example, Alaska, which is currently not shown. Mike can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the map will never vary in what's shown. His approach is to display the names of such places as text on the map. Given that all the location names show up in the data below the map, I'm wondering if that's even necessary.

Great Job
Just added a Darner image and checked out the data tab. Amazing! Automatically coloured in the Province (NB) and month of capture. A great addition to BugGuide. Thanks to both Mike and Troy.

The map gets regenerated whenever a new location is available. The date information is generated on each page access.

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