DavidHowdon's picture

Common Mistakes

Some time back I was doing a bit of work with a company developing an electronic moths field guide 'app'. One thing I was doing was identifying likely confusion species to help with IDs (i.e. if you thought it was species X you were given a link also to species Y and Z which are similar).

It strikes me that iSpot potentially provides a useful source of data for that sort of thing as we have evidence here of what people mis-identify things with.

I wonder if iSpot could find a way of making that information available to help people developing field guides and the like?



Martin Harvey's picture

confusion species

I think that's a great idea David. We've discussed something similar from time to time but not recently, will have a think about what could be done to take this forwards.

Entomologist and biological recorder

Refugee's picture

Another one

I had it with Horse Chestnut.
There is both a moth and a tree.
I ended up being corrected after the button put the moth up when i was doing an ID for the tree.


miked's picture

I'd spotted the Horse

I'd spotted the Horse Chestnut issue recently and have been going through correcting them all, there were rather a lot of them so you certainly are not the only person to have made this mistake!

Refugee's picture


There must be thousands of them. I was thinking along the lines of the scientific names being tagged so that a box pops up stating that the observation is in the wrong place. So that in the Horse Chestnut case it would have warned me that the name was for an invertebrate.


miked's picture

Actually I don't think there

Actually I don't think there are all that many problems, the horse chestnut moth or tree was more or less the first one I had spotted and the technical people have an idea to help in this particular case.

DavidHowdon's picture

Same names

This is a slighly different point to the one I suggested at the start of the thread but I think there may be one or two others of this type.

Redshank for instance is both a plant and a bird and I have seen the mistake made on iSpot.

David Howdon