Back to overview - Butterfly occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Details - Butterfly occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium is a species occurrence dataset published by Natuurpunt and described (v1.4) in Maes et al. (2016, The dataset contains close to 1.3 million butterfly (Lepidoptera excluding moths) occurrences of 69 naturally occurring species (native, vagrant or migrant species), recorded by volunteers (citizen scientists), mainly since 2008. Together with the dataset Maes et al. (2016,, it represents the most complete overview of butterflies in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region (north Belgium). The occurrences are derived from the database, hosted at the nature conservation NGO Natuurpunt in collaboration with Stichting Natuurinformatie. Standardized information regarding the occurrence's sex, lifeStage, behavior, occurrenceRemarks, and samplingProtocol is included as well. Generalized and/or withheld information: location information is generalized to 5 x 5 kmĀ² Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cells. Observer name, exact XY-coordinates, toponyms, and photographs are not included in the published dataset, but are known in the source database. To allow anyone to use this dataset, we have released the data to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver ( We would appreciate however, if you read and follow these norms for data use ( and provide a link to the original dataset ( whenever possible. If you use these data for a scientific paper, please cite the dataset following the applicable citation norms and/or consider us for co-authorship. We are always interested to provide more information or know how you have used the data, so please contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or The publication of this dataset is supported by INBO and funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) as part of the Belgian contribution to LifeWatch.
Date available 02/02/2016
Publisher Natuurpunt
Tijdelijke dekking periode 15/07/1902 - 31/12/2018
Geographical coverage Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Protected nature
  • Data & infrastructure

Taxonomic List

  • butterflies (Lepidoptera)


Wouter Vanreusel
Marc Herremans
Pieter Vantieghem
Karin Gielen
Peter Desmet
Kristijn Swinnen