I am currenly making atlases for Palearctic Noctuoidea. What strikes me is, that some areas, e.g. Luxembourg or Lithuania, have a very detailed 1st and 2nd level structure, whereas others, e.g. Russia, have areas like Krasnoyarsk which spans 3000km North-South, plus an island near North Pole! For Krasnoyarsk, the South is then split into gazillions of 2nd level districts. Unfortunately, these have to be clicked one-by-one to highlight a reasonable size area showing the Southern half of Krasnoyarsk (which I will never find time and energy to do). At the moment, this artifact “suggests” species to go all the way North, which of course they don’t.
Administrative locations are good for “patriotic” motivation of observers to find new species, but for a distribution atlas they sometimes do not make sense.
could a defined set of 2nd level areas be joined and safed, with an identifier, to be used over and over again in atlases? In addition, could a set of 2nd level areas be excluded from a 1st level area and safed as above? Thank you for considering