This page contains guidance on posting contributions in the Species-Specific Photo Albums and Species-Specific Video Categories. All registered forum members are welcome to post their contributions; over time it is anticipated that these repositories will provide the most extensive photo and video libraries of butterflies of the British Isles anywhere on the web! Moderators are able to determine if photos and videos should be shown, by default, on the main species pages. Posted items are most useful when they contain information regarding location and date (such as in the filename of any photo contributed) and it would be appreciated if contributors would follow this approach.
Members should be aware of the following policies:
- There is a minimum standard for media (photos and videos) shown on the website. Before posting, take a look at the media already included and ensure that your contributions are at least of the same standard, if not better. If you're not sure if your media are of sufficient quality, then please contact one of the moderators (and send a sample). An exception is where an item shows something not already shown (such as an aberration, or unusual behaviour). This policy is in place to maintain a sufficient level of quality.
- When posting, please focus on media that will add something to the items already available. For example, it might be a butterfly photographed from a different angle, or behaviour not already shown.
- Please post contributions in the correct photo album or video category. The species-specific photo album contains a sub-album per species. Species albums contain a sub-album per stage (imago, ovum, larva and pupa). Sub-albums are also provided for subspecies, forms and aberrations. There are also sub-albums for specific aberrations. Currently the video categories are in a "flat" structure organised by butterfly vernacular name.
- For photos, if you are unsure of the subspecies then please post your image in the "Imago" folder for that species and one of the moderators will move it into the correct sub-album.
- For photos, if you are unsure of an aberration then please post your image in the "Imago (aberrations)" folder for that species and one of the moderators will move it into the correct sub-album.
- Items taken outside of the British Isles will be accepted, but normally only for rare migrants since we prefer photos and videos taken in the British Isles where possible.
- Items of captive-bred individuals will be accepted although, given two items of equal standard, the item taken in the wild will take precedence.
- When posting items of captive-bred individuals please be certain that, if relevant, it is of the same subspecies as one found in the British Isles.
- Media of a subspecies not found in the British Isles will be accepted, but normally only when there are very few items of the correct subspecies currently available. This applies, in particular, to extremely rare migrants or accidental introductions, such as the Slate Flash. In this case, please post any photos directly in the "Imago" album for that species.
- Natural-looking images are preferred. For example, we discourage media of butterflies taken on fingers (unless showing particular behaviour such as a Purple Emperor feeding on sweat).
- Videos add most value when they show some behaviour, and are not simply showing something that could be shown equally well in a still.
- Media that do not meet the criteria above may be deleted. If you would like an explanation for why an item has been deleted, please contact one of the moderators (unfortunately, we do not have time to provide an explanation for each item as a matter of course).
The Stock Library contains only those images posted by individuals that have given permission for their images to be used.