UNIDENTIFIED MOTHS

UNIDENTIFIED MOTHS

UNIDENTIFIED MOTHS - UK and Ireland : Latest Edit 10 feb NOW showing 1197 moths - UP by 156 during 2019.. But now includes a few Larvae bu

Latest Edit 10 feb
NOW showing 1197 moths - UP by 156 during 2019..
But now includes a few Larvae but which have their own project here

. https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/775592/caterpillar-test
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This project is the result of endless months of extracting potential moths from the Invertebrate's Pit here https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/770782/uk-invertebrates-without-id
Faced with the impossibilty of adding a simple tag (only the Curator can do that) we. Helen (HB) and I had to wade through nearly ELEVEN THOUSAND inverts to get to each abandoned moth in turn. Luckily we had one opportunity to bring them together with the simplest of added ID - Moth (Heterocera)!
Most were hopeless, just a picture, often bad and with NO descriptive or ID notes, nor mention of size or response to comments - many with up to 100 views and no reaction.
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Very few people have commented about the process, though some have complained - no-one seems to have acknowledged the value.
Generally, moth posters ought to do better, with decent photos - they are nearly all of captive specimens after all. Two pictures in different lighting would make the World of difference, as would some attempt by the poster to do initial research to Family.
We are still faced with over 900 unidentified moths (a few larvae have crept in). Probably over 75% are from Users who have left iSpot and a high percentage form people who seem not to use the HARD WON Changes Tracker or not care for due process.
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What is needed is for a few high-iconned Moth-ers to set an example of how to Observe moths and how to present them here.
I am aware this place (iSpot) is for ALL and the absence of 'rules' and formality is sometimes a blessing.
Please bring these Moths to Family, they will then disappear from my Pit.
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As always the Forum is open for comment, discussion or ideas - https://forum.ispotnature.org/t/the-un-idd-moth-pit/601
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20 Aug 2018
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