Nice highlight @PLOSBiology of the role and importance of organism identifiers at . That is, the experts putting in the time to figure out the taxon of the animal in my and your photos.

My huge appreciation to these experts, particularly in , for they often take the time to educate me and point me to resources for identifying and more.

PLOS Biology  
The number of observations submitted to the #CitizenScience platform @inaturalist is outpacing the rate at which the organisms can be identified. @...

@PLOSBiology And notice the call out to the project "Bees concentrating nectar" and its associated paper by Zach Portman, John Ascher & Daniel Cariveau in 2021, titled "Nectar concentrating behavior by bees (Hymenoptera: Anthophila)"

Zach Portman and John Ascher are experts specialised in who have identified hundreds of among my observations. Thanks so much!

An example of a concentrating nectar: Nomioides minutissimus, a ~3 to 4 mm long solitary bee observed on a beach in Catalonia.

@albertcardona John Ascher has been my hero since I started posting on BugGuide, and now iNaturalist. It always feels extra validating to get an identification from him.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Qoto Mastodon

QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves
An inclusive, Academic Freedom, instance
All cultures welcome.
Hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.