The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust financed a six-week Travelling Fellowship to China during 1995 by A.R. Pittaway. We thank the trustees and Sir Henry Beverley (former Director General) for making this possible.
In 2002, the Science Database Board of the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK) provided funding for a Data Capture Project, which permitted the following work to be undertaken for this site by Ms Desiree Douglas MSc. We are grateful to both.
Additionally, numerous people in mainland China have provided support and help in photographing living material and arranging access to collections and locations. We thank the following for their generous and courteous help: The late Prof. Chou Io (Entomological Institute, Northwest Agricultural University, Yangling, Shaanxi); the late Prof. Zhu (Chu) HongFu (formerly Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Beijing); Prof. Hou TaoQian (formerly Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Beijing); Prof. Huang DaWei (Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Beijing); Dr Xiao Hui (Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Beijing); Dr Jin XingBao (formerly Shanghai Institute of Entomology, Academia Sinica, Shanghai); Dr Zhang WeiNian (Shanghai Institute of Entomology, Academia Sinica, Shanghai); Prof. Li BaoPing (Department of Plant Protection, Xinjiang Agricultural University, Ürümqi, Xinjiang); Dr Li WuHan (Department of Forest Protection, Northwestern College of Forestry, Yangling, Shaanxi); Prof. Liu MingTang (Department of Forest Protection, Northwestern College of Forestry, Yangling, Shaanxi); Prof. Meng XuWu (Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, Anhui); Prof Tang DeRui (Shaanxi Forest Science Institute, Yangling, Shaanxi); Dr Wang Ren (Beijing & formerly Ascot); Prof. Xiang BenChun (Shihezi Agricultural College, Shihezi, Xinjiang); Prof. Xue DaYong (Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica, Beijing); Dr Zhang YaLin (Entomological Institute, Northwest Agricultural University, Yangling, Shaanxi); Prof. Zhu Jian (Forestry Bureau, Weinan, Shaanxi); and Prof. Ou XiaoHong (Southwest Forestry College, Kunming, Yunnan).
Special thanks are due to Lin ChihCheng (aka Felix Lin) of Taiwan for donating his entire collection of photographs of live Sphingidae for use in this site, to Viktor Sinjaev of Russia for allowing us to use his photos of live adults and larvae from mainland China, to Vladimir Dubatolov (also of Russia) for valuable distributional data and photographs from Siberia and the Russian Far East, and to CheongWeei Gan of Singapore for making available his photos from Frasers Hill, Malaysia.
We are also grateful to Roger C. Kendrick and the late Li HingKun (aka Kent H. K. Li) of Hong Kong, China, for allowing us to reproduce their photographs of early stages; to John Horstman (Yunnan, China), for allowing us to use his photos of live adults and larvae; to Leong Tzi Ming (Singapore), Shipher Wu (Taiwan) and Anton Kozlov (Russia) for donating their larval, pupal and adult photos; to John Tennent (UK) for the use of his set adult images taken in Hong Kong; to Roger Perkins (UK) for supplying livestock to photograph; and to Kenichiro Nakao (Japan), Henry Tzuoo (Taiwan) and Thomas Ihle (Thailand) for allowing us to freely use their images of live adults.
Many thanks are also due to Takayuki Suzuki for going out of his way to obtain permission from copyright holders to use images used on his site on Japanese moths -- Moths of Japan.
Additional photographs of set adults for species which were appended later (mainly Japanese) were supplied by Harry Taylor of the Natural History Museums' Photographic Unit, for which we are grateful.
We thank Dr Zhang QiaoQiao (Hangzhou & Wallingford) for effecting introductions, contacting hosts, writing letters of introduction and translating various important Chinese papers.
Thanks are also due to the late Jean-Marie Cadiou (Belgium), Sergei Toropov (Kyrgyzstan), Vadim Zolotuhin (Russia), Alfonso Iorio (Italy), Jean Haxaire (France) and Rodolphe Rougerie (France) for valuable distributional data and/or photographs.
Finally, thanks are also due to the late Charles Y. Schotman (Schiedam, Netherlands) and Mike Amphlett for introducing us to the wonderful world of computer graphics, picture scanning and manipulation, and databases.