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Η σημερινή Παρατήρηση της Ημέρας έρχεται από την Ελλάδα!

Η σημερινή Παρατήρηση της Ημέρας του iNaturalist έρχεται από την Ελλάδα!

O Κρίνος Της Θάλασσας, Pancratium maritimum, καταγράφηκε στην Κέρκυρα, από τον χρήστη laszlozoltan.

Συγχαρητήρια!!!

Βρείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την καταγραφή εδώ.

Posted on July 28, 2021 08:37 by dkats dkats | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Sphinx maurorum

La esfinge meridional del pino, Sphinx maurorum, es una mariposa propia de la Península Ibérica que vive en bosques de pinos, de los cuales se alimentan sus orugas. Este ejemplar se colocó en esta columna desde las 10 de la mañana, permaneciendo en absoluta inmovilidad hasta la puesta del sol, unas 12 horas más tarde.

A las 21:30 h, pasados unos 10 minutos tras la puesta del sol, comenzó a mover las alas en un ejercicio de calentamiento, después de otros 10 minutos emprendió el vuelo y desapareció. En este vídeo se puede ver el calentamiento grabado en alta velocidad (el primer segundo y e el último se reproduce a velocidad normal para poder comparar).

Posted on July 28, 2021 08:01 by jjdeharo jjdeharo | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Lost River Cave Night Observation

Insects observed on 7/26/2021, at night, using UV lighting. Observations took place from dusk (approximately 8 pm) until 10:30 pm.

Posted on July 28, 2021 03:37 by reupurtbones reupurtbones | 46 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Biólogo cria projeto para catalogar borboletas em Laguna.

O jornal de comunicação local "Agora Laguna" publicou no dia 13/07/2021 uma matéria sobre a criação do projeto "Borboletas de Laguna- SC". A divulgação foi feita na página oficial do jornal assim como em suas redes sociais e teve mais de 3800 visualizações.

https://agoralaguna.com.br/2021/07/biologo-cria-projeto-para-catalogar-borboletas-em-laguna/

https://www.facebook.com/agoralaguna/posts/979422459557039/

Elas estão presentes em vários locais de Laguna, mas nunca passaram por um processo geral de catalogação. Com esse objetivo, o biólogo gaúcho Leandro Ramos Duarte, 28 anos, deu início a um projeto para fotografar e registrar dados sobre a presença das borboletas na cidade juliana e nos municípios da região. A ideia é conseguir mapear o maior número possível de espécies e permitir que se crie um perfil sobre quais fazem parte do ambiente natural local. Alguns exemplares de borboletas raras já apareceram, inclusive.

Duarte é natural de Porto Alegre, mas tem raízes aqui na cidade: os avós são daqui e ele começou a residir no município este ano. Graduado em Ciências Biológicas pela Ulbra e mestre na área pela UFRGS, o especialista precisou concluir essa última etapa acadêmica antes de começar a pesquisar as borboletas, definidas como sua “paixão na área dos estudos”.

Criado a partir da vontade de dividir com mais pessoas e difundir conhecimento sobre a grande diversidade de espécies que existem na região, o Borboletas de Laguna surge com dois objetivos, segundo seu idealizador. “O primeiro é registrar e identificar as espécies de borboletas da região e segundo é transformar isso em diversos materiais que possam servir de informação, visando tanto o conhecimento da fauna local quanto a educação ambiental. O interesse é que esses materiais possam servir tanto para futuros estudos, interesses de escolas locais, quanto para a população em geral que tenha interesse em saber mais sobre as borboletas da região que residem”, explica.

A escolha da cidade juliana como base da iniciativa se deu pelo fato de Laguna ser repleta de áreas naturais e com uma grande diversidade de ambientes. “Contudo, o município não conta com nenhum guia ou projeto que estude essas espécies ainda. Isso faz de Laguna um ótimo lugar para se estudar borboletas”, justifica. Já são mais de 130 registros feitos, que totalizam 54 espécies cadastradas na região lagunar. “Mas esse número ainda representa pouco do que realmente ocorre nessa região tão rica em borboletas e isso será possível de perceber quando o projeto tiver cerca de um ano inteiro de andamento”, observa.

O projeto tem pouco mais de um mês de existência e funciona através de uma plataforma virtual, o iNaturalist, que funciona como uma grande rede social científica, utilizada por naturalistas, científicos, biólogos, e pessoas comuns com o objetivo de construir e mapear a biodiversidade no mundo, através do compartilhamento de observações.

“Podemos contar então com registros fotográficos de qualquer cidadão que fotografe uma borboleta e também guarde os dados de localidade e data. Com esses dados temos um registro válido para o projeto. Esses registros podem ser enviados pela plataforma do iNaturalist para os interessados em se cadastrar como colaboradores diretos, ou diretamente para minha pessoa caso queiram fazer uma contribuição, nesse caso o colaborador será mencionado no registro”, explica Duarte.

O projeto é de baixo custo e mantido com recursos próprios e apoio da plataforma. Mas não estão descartadas parcerias para evoluir os meios de atuação do Borboletas de Laguna. Para acessar e conferir os registros já feitos, acesse aqui.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/borboletas-de-laguna-sc

Texto retirado do Jornal Agora Laguna publicado em 13/07/2021.

Posted on July 28, 2021 03:32 by leandroramosduarte leandroramosduarte | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Puzzle-patterns on felid undersides

The leopard (Panthera pardus) and jaguar (Panthera onca) have camouflage colouration, and this includes their chests when they sit up: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-leopard-panthera-pardus-using-termite-mound-as-vantage-point-masai-32263955.html and https://adwimages.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Male-Jaguar_04.jpg.

By contrast, the chest of the closely-related snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is so pale and spotless that it qualifies as a pectoral flag: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-snow-leopard-panthera-uncia-adult-sitting-on-rock-captive-switzerland-78427404.html and https://www.alamy.com/close-up-of-snow-leopard-uncia-uncia-sitting-in-field-image281927193.html and https://www.123rf.com/photo_11673800_adult-snow-leopard-sitting-on-the-rock-looking-away.html and https://www.meowingtons.com/blogs/lolcats/photos-of-snow-leopards-biting-their-own-tails-are-everything. Does this really make the figure conspicuous, or is it part of the camouflage against a mosaic of snow-patches among the rocks?

In the case of the tiger (Panthera tigris) there is a white, stripeless surface on the brisket, but this is not situated high enough to qualify as a pectoral flag: https://www.alamy.com/male-tiger-sitting-up-looking-intently-forwards-into-the-distance-image69669876.html and https://www.canstockphoto.com/close-up-tiger-52793325.html.

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is more similar to the tiger than to the snow leopard: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-female-cheetah-81726699.html. However, the long forelegs of the cheetah give it such an upright pose, while sitting, that the white, spotless brisket can look conspicuous in certain illuminations: https://www.alamy.com/cheetah-acinonyx-jubatus-image7758377.html. The pectoral flag of the cheetah is, thus, ambivalent and contextual. I will argue, in a forthcoming Post, that this serves in mimicry of the lion (Panthera leo).

In the cases of leopard, jaguar and tiger, the puzzle is a different one: the spotting or striping on the belly are so graphic that this seems incongruous with the countershading of the ground-colour in the same animals. Please see the photos below.

Tiger: https://focusedcollection.com/465227104/stock-photo-tigers-captivity-panthera-tigris-corbetti.html and http://www.travelteamimages.com/big301600.html and https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-tiger-lying-back-danger-image54978009 and https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-tiger-lying-back-sweltering-hot-near-pool-image78296044 and https://www.dreamstime.com/high-angle-shot-white-tiger-lying-its-back-image192732848 and https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-tiger-lying-her-back-berlin-zoo-germany-photo-made-image-you-see-partially-hidden-long-rock-mass-bed-image61100820

Leopard: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/leopard-lying-on-its-back-gm89140038-2948132 and https://www.dreamstime.com/leopard-lying-its-back-grasslands-maasai-mara-kenya-leopard-its-back-image109364103 and https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/leopard-lying-on-his-back-sand-635997944 and https://imgur.com/gallery/U5DvgfV

Jaguar: https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/details-photo/jaguar-lying-on-the-back-on-sand-bank-close-to-water-pantanal-brazil/N99-1977185/1 and https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/leopard-lying-on-his-back-sand-635997944

Cheetah: https://www.needpix.com/photo/1317451/cheetah-big-cat-wildanimal-wildlife-upsidedown-lying-back-tummy and https://www.dmuth.org/cheopard/a-typical-cheetah-lying-on-back/ and https://www.dreamstime.com/cheetah-lying-its-back-dry-grass-breeding-center-outside-johannesburg-south-africa-cheetah-lying-its-back-image142999287 and https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/cheetah-lying-on-back-south-african-427923721 and https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/a-picture-of-a-cheetah-lying-on-its-back-gm1143330626-307011984

Snow leopard: https://mltshp-cdn.com/r/1FAXX and https://www.alamy.com/snow-leopard-lying-on-its-back-image67311174.html and https://external-preview.redd.it/_-2UN1Vv94ulE-tEgJdBDZY9Mdltd7tcPJEe71Cm-ps.jpg?auto=webp&s=3c265930909e37de7e80c9d792b22671639f4684 and http://www.storytrender.com/93504/jazz-hands-stunning-snow-leopards-jump-caught-on-camera/

Posted on July 28, 2021 01:56 by milewski milewski | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Sorting the genus Cornus into subgenera

Genus Cornus

This post was originally intended to be a wiki to facilitate the organization of the genus Cornus into subgenera, following a flag which sought to bring together the "dwarf dogwoods" under their subgenus in order to allow for identifiers to offer a narrower ID for the often indistinguishable Cornus canadensis and Cornus unalaschkensis, but which separates them from the trees and shrubs which make up much of the genus.

Qiu-Yun (Jenny) Xiang's 2006 paper (ref 1) appears to be the most recent and most complete treatment of the genus Cornus which includes information on the widely-used subgenera. The authors note that the present division of the subgenera is imperfect, however it is what we have to work with and if is revised in the future, changes can be dealt with then.

One additional group may be required for hybrids which involve parent species from two different subgenera, or otherwise they can be left directly below the genus.

Species List

Current (iNat)

List of species currently listed on iNaturalist. Some species appear to be duplicates. Once merged, please strike the synonym from the list with tildes.

Possible Synonyms

These entries appear to be synonyms of other species. Once merged, please strike the synonym from the list with tildes.
  • Cornus alpina
  • Cornus japonica

Possible Additions

Species not presently included on the list. Once added, please strike the entry from the list with tildes.
  • Cornus austrosinensis
  • Cornus oligophlebia
  • Cornus quinquenervis
  • Cornus eydeana
  • Cornus × rutgersensis

Subgroups & Subgenera

Qiu-Yun (Jenny) Xiang's 2006 paper breaks the genus into 4 clades which contain a total of 10 subgenera. I've organized the species following her arrangement.

I. Blue- or White-fruited Dogwoods

Yinquania

Kraniopsis

Mesomora

II. Cornelian Cherries

Afrocrania

Cornus

Sinocornus

III. Big-bracted Dogwoods

Discocrania

Cynoxylon

Syncarpea

IV. Dwarf Dogwoods

Arctocrania (Dwarf Dogwoods)

V. Intrer-Clade Hybrids?

Subgenus not specified

References

  1. Qiu-Yun (Jenny) Xiang, David T. Thomas, Wenheng Zhang, Steven R. Manchester, Zack Murrell, Species level phylogeny of the genus Cornus (Cornaceae) based on molecular and morphological evidence—implications for taxonomy and Tertiary intercontinental migration, Taxon, 2006, 9-30. DOI: 10.2307/25065525. PDF
  2. Chuanzhu Fan, (Jenny) Qiu-Yun Xiang, Phylogenetic relationships within Cornus (Cornaceae) based on 26S rDNA sequences, American Journal of Botany, 2001, —. DOI: 10.2307/2657096
  3. Zack E. Murrell, Dwarf Dogwoods: Intermediacy and the Morphological Landscape, Systematic Botany, 1994, 539-556. DOI: —
  4. Zack E. Murrell, Phylogenetic Relationships in Cornus (Cornaceae), Systematic Botany, 1993, 469-495. DOI: 10.2307/2419420
  5. QY Xiang, DE Soltis, PS Soltis, Phylogenetic relationships of Cornaceae and close relatives inferred from matK and rbcL sequences, American Journal of Botany, 1998, —. DOI: 10.2307/2446317
  6. Qiu-Yun (Jenny) Xiang, Steve R. Manchester, David T. Thomas, Wenheng Zhang, Chuanzhu Fan, PHYLOGENY, BIOGEOGRAPHY, AND MOLECULAR DATING OF CORNELIAN CHERRIES (CORNUS, CORNACEAE): TRACKING TERTIARY PLANT MIGRATION, Evolution, 2005, 1685-1700. DOI: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2005.tb01818.x

Posted on July 27, 2021 23:57 by murphyslab murphyslab | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Ni Sa Bula and Welcome

TO: @fijicsky @maractwin @gsbadmin @jakeyjakes @manta_luke @stephen169 @nasiga @nunia @obinfiji @popaul @sema_v @tomvierus

Hello everyone, Hope you, your family and colleagues are all safe and well during these difficult times.

I am just doing an initial test post here to the journal to all members of the 2000 Fiji GSB and of the Fiji Nature iNaturalist Page.

I am helping to coordinate for the the 2021 Fiji Great Southern Bioblitz in October, so I am trying to round up everyone so we can get a team together to start planning. I have sent out some emails to Nature Fiji, Birdlife and other NGO people recently and am testing this journal feature here, to see how it works.

As a first step, could anyone who is keen to be involved get back to me with your email, and then I can make sure you are part of the planning process. Could you also join this Great Southern Bioblitz 2021 - Fiji/Viti Levu's Page here, so that way you can be included in any updates here.

Thanks everybody, and feel free to ask any questions or comments.

All the best
Kevin

Posted on July 27, 2021 23:56 by birdexplorers birdexplorers | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Caterpillar Count!

I thought some of you would be interested in a citizen science project called Caterpillar Count!, which comes to us from the University of North Carolina. They describe the project as "a citizen science project for measuring the seasonal variation, also known as phenology, and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders found on the foliage of trees and shrubs."

Check out their website for more details: caterpillarscount.unc.edu

Posted on July 27, 2021 23:27 by biologymatt biologymatt | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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My First Year on iNaturalist

When I was a kid, my family home was on a lake shore. The property was bounded by a brook and forested on three sides. I knew the names of wildflowers, trees, insects, birds, fish and frogs, and I thought everyone did. Lady’s slippers, bluet damselflies, bullfrogs, otters and osprey were easily spotted every year. Imagine my surprise when my high school biology teacher brought our class outside and asked every student to observe and name three plants: most students could name only grass, clover and dandelions!

Throughout my adult life I have observed and taken casual photos of wildflowers and anything else in nature that caught my eye, usually so I could look it up later. Cardinal flowers in Maine! Prairie pasqueflowers in Saskatchewan! Eventually I bought a few field guides for my area to confirm things I’d seen. They alerted me to things I might see someday. It was always exciting to see a new species of bird, and the occasional snake or turtle.

In Spring, 2020, I was taking daily walks during our first lockdown (where permitted), taking photos of plants coming into bud, leaf and blossom. I remembered seeing ads for an app that would identify plants. I installed the Seek app and began by snapping pictures of plants I was sure I knew, to see if Seek was accurate. It was perfect for a beginner because it offered certainty – it wouldn’t identify beyond the plant family unless it was sure (or appeared so). The app also urged you to keep getting new angles of the plant until it could be identified. This taught me what features the AI was looking for, such as leaf shape and arrangement.

Soon I had logged 50-100 local plants at various levels of identification and the app invited me to check out the iNaturalist app. One benefit was that iNat offered you a list of suggested matches, from which you could choose. For people with a bit of knowledge and a willingness to research, it offered the chance to learn in a supportive environment. I liked the idea of comparing similar-looking matches and determining which was correct.

In the early days, iNaturalist would suggest plants with a similar appearance from anywhere in the world, leaving me (and many other Nova Scotians) thinking we had identified Magellan’s sphagnum simply because we’d seen a red-coloured sphagnum moss. I wanted to learn enough to avoid mistakes like that, and to develop a habit of doing at least a little research before clicking on a match. iNat now prioritizes suggestions local to the observer and previously seen by others.

Photos taken within the iNaturalist app are of better quality than the ones taken within Seek, even with the same smartphone. So I made a full switch from Seek to iNat. I had passable photography skills and had used a good digital camera before I took my cell phone everywhere. Now I take many photos with a digital camera and upload them to the website, without using the app at all.

In the early days, I picked up some basic terminology through browsing the site: vascular, dicot, genus. I continued to refer to my field guides where I learned some essentials, such as leaf, flower and berry shapes. Obviously I noticed that some plants had characteristics in common, such as tufted vetch and seaside peas – they are both in the legume family Fabaceae. I don’t know the names or characteristics of many plant families yet, but I look forward to learning them.

The next level for me was getting my observations confirmed by another person, that is, having them labelled as Research Grade for citizen science. When I “knew” the name of a plant I wasn’t concerned, but when I was in doubt about my proposed identification, I was very keen to have someone else confirm it. Was my ID right or wrong? My process was:
• Upload photo and location
• Look at iNat suggested IDs
• Compare two or more options, at minimum by viewing a few photos
• Choose only suggestions that had already been seen locally
• If iNat was “not sure,” do some online or book research
• As a last resort, label something plant, bird, insect, etc.

I thought if I didn’t follow those steps, I was causing work for others who might feel compelled to correct me. A few times I have proposed an ID that has been proven not just wrong, but embarrassingly wrong! It has all been a part of the learning experience. I try to recall enough to avoid similar mistakes in the future – but I have made a couple of them twice!

I was delighted to find other iNaturalist users who spend many hours identifying or confirming others’ observations, so I started wracking up lots of Research Grade. For a while I felt like I failed if they didn’t all get to RG! Before long, I started identifying obs for others, too. On one hand, you don’t need to be a botanist to identify a plant. On the other hand, sometimes you do need to be a botanist to identify a plant! There was so much I didn’t know, for example, some common plants (such as blackberry / brambles) are hybrids and the subspecies can’t be told apart by novices. I have accepted that I may never have the time or skills to identify one willow species from another!

I’ve retreated a bit and I’m more cautious with my IDs for others. I ensure I can provide specific reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with their proposed IDs. Some tentative IDs are too broad – they might select “pitcher plants” when only the “Northern purple pitcher plant” exists in the area. Some are too narrow – they might choose Lupinus texensis when they see a blue lupine with a splash of white, rather than the locally prevalent Lupinus polyphyllus. As a newcomer to iNat, I was relieved that using local common names was an option. I am gradually remembering more and more scientific names – but you don’t have to.

The single most effective learning tool I use is to follow local botanists and other nature enthusiasts in my area. All their observations show in my feed. This helped me to learn the range of species that are available to observe locally. I would sometimes make a goal of finding the same species myself. If rare, I simply enjoyed knowing it exists and that someone out there can identify it!

Lots of people spend their time gently educating newcomers. I didn’t know the parts of a plant (or other organism) that are required to identify it. If photographing a flowering plant, it is easiest to identify when it’s flowering, as opposed to its dead remains in the winter. If I’m taking pictures of a mushroom, I need to show not only the cap and stem, but the underside of the cap and preferably even a cross-section. For a tree, the branch, leaves, needles, bark, and overall shape of the tree. And so on. I so appreciate that other iNat users have brought me up to speed on these things.

I am guilty of messaging and tagging a couple of experts hoping they would identify my observations. Although several have kindly helped me, I have stopped doing that. They have their own reasons for being on iNaturalist and they have limited time and energy. I don’t want anyone to feel compelled to offer me individual assistance.

To further my own research, I have downloaded lots of full-text reference works specific to my area such as Nova Scotia Plants (complete flora), eBird Checklist for Nova Scotia, and Invasive Species Halifax.

I became obsessed with identifying plants last summer and could hardly walk 10 metres without taking and uploading photos. This has probably only calmed down because I can now name so many common local species and I don’t feel compelled to record new observations of all of them. I participated in a couple of nature challenges during which all observations in my area get automatically contributed to an inventory of local species.

I have also realized that being able to name things is not the only reason I like plants (or nature generally). I like knowing what appears in each season, how the flora change after a rainy week, what can only be seen in a certain microclimate, or which plants are generally unwelcome. I like having a big picture of what lives in my area, what I’m likely to see and what might be once-in-a-lifetime. I like avoiding some areas that I now realize are fragile. I created a map of a 5 mile/8 km radius from my home and I have a growing knowledge of what is included and excluded. I have come to know the features of the land – such as the elevations, bodies of water, forests, and rock formations.

I like knowing I can contribute to iNat whether I make 25 km wilderness hikes (I have) or whether I am laid up due to injury and can’t leave my own yard (I have). This has been an especially glorious hobby during the Covid-19 pandemic when we’ve all been unable to travel far.

iNaturalist has been life-changing for me! Thank you to this community and to the curators, developers and technology that enable it!

Posted on July 27, 2021 22:51 by darmuzz darmuzz | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome Maine Birders!

Hello everybody! I hope the creation of this project will help us all understand the birds of Maine better. It’s so nice to see so many people documenting the birds they see! I’m not so good at using a camera, but I high five all of you taking such wonderful photos!

As part of this project, I hope to challenge each of you to seek out certain bird species each month. So, this July, I challenge you to take a trip out on the water, go find some island birds! Auks like black guillemots and razorbills can be found on many rocky offshore islands, and you may even see some puffins, a famous Maine bird. Noisy roseate or least terns may also be seen flying above you, or storm-peterels and shearwaters flying over the ocean’s surface. Bonus points if you see northern gannets, and be on the lookout for rarities like skuas and jaegers. Also, try to get out to seal island to see Troppy, the famed tropicbird of Seal Island!

Happy birding,
Bay

Posted on July 27, 2021 22:33 by bay_nadeau bay_nadeau | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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July 27: Observation of the Day

Great work everbody! Day 27 of the Colorado Headwaters Nature project. We have an amazing 1,305 observations, including 406 different species seen by 196 observers. Today's highlight is the American Pika (Ochotona princeps) by laulaz.

Posted on July 27, 2021 22:17 by hollyglick hollyglick | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Biólogo cria projeto para catalogar borboletas em Laguna.

O jornal de comunicação local "Agora Laguna" publicou no dia 13/07/2021 uma matéria sobre a criação do projeto "Borboletas de Laguna- SC". A divulgação foi feita na página oficial do jornal assim como em suas redes sociais e teve mais de 3800 visualizações.

https://agoralaguna.com.br/2021/07/biologo-cria-projeto-para-catalogar-borboletas-em-laguna/

https://www.facebook.com/agoralaguna/posts/979422459557039/

Posted on July 27, 2021 21:39 by leandroramosduarte leandroramosduarte | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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17 July 2021... already

Welp, the Summer sure has proven busy!

I've just been collecting and identifying as usual! I think it's awesome we've had 54 people contribute to the project page and have caught some of my misidentifications!

Last week I presented the current project data at BOTANY 2021 which includes 446 collections which has currently resulted in 266 species. Although it should be said not all of the 446 collections have been identified yet! Mostly Poaceae and Cyperaceae :)

The goal is to have all of the specimens collected in 2021 to be identified by the end of the Fall semester!

-Matthew

Posted on July 27, 2021 21:22 by matthewsheik matthewsheik | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Saw Palmetto

Below is a typical saw palmetto plant. They look very much the same all year long. This is from the observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/58571273.

typical saw palmetto

The next picture is a saw palmetto plant observed flowering on May 30. It had at least two flower spikes. This is from the observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67926801.

saw palmetto with flower spikes

This is a close-up of one of the flower spikes.
saw palmetto flower spike

Next is a saw palmetto plant with green fruit on July 24. The fruit is not ripe yet. They were smaller than a very small grape or olive. This is from the observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88861038.
saw palmetto with green fruit

"Saw palmetto blooms between April and July. ... The fruits ripen in September and October." -- from https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/serrep/all.html.

"As ripening occurs, fruits turn in color from green (May-June) to yellow (mid-August), to orange (September), and then to bluish-black (September-October) when ripe." -- from https://web.archive.org/web/20080704212509/http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW11000.pdf

"Fruit are orange to black when mature." -- from https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=sere2.

So next in my collection of images, I will try to find a saw palmetto with fruit turning yellow then orange then blue/black.

Posted on July 27, 2021 20:59 by differentdrummer differentdrummer | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Red Soldier Beetles

These beetles have been showing up in a number of farms around Vancouver Island over the last couple weeks. They are a beneficial insect! The adults eat pollen, nectar, and also aphids, and the larva eat soil dwelling pests such as slug and snails.
They can be recognized by their long red body. The hard outer wings are held close to the body, and have black tips at the end.
The adults will aggregate in large numbers to feed and mate on open flowers. So far, we have seen then in parsley, cilantro, and pearly everlasting.

© prairiegirlgonecoastal

Have you seen this beneficial? What plants are you finding it on? Please add your observations to our project!

Posted on July 27, 2021 20:32 by bzand bzand | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Summertime at CEWC- free program opportunity too

As we begin into August many of the woody plants begin to show their fruit and seeds. Now is a great time to snap photos. It is also a great time for beginning and budding naturalists to observe and note our woody plants. Leaves and fruits are some of the key features of some of the species found around here.

We also will be hosting a free citizen science & iNaturalist family public program to help get new observers to join our project. On August 14, 2021 from 10am-12pm we will take a guided journey on one of our trails to get many observers out spotting the woody plants . The class will learn about iNaturalist features to our project and how to record your observations for CEWC’s page. Please bring your iPad, iPhone or tablet. All ages welcome. You can register online here: https://georgiawildlife.doubleknot.com/openrosters/ViewActivitySpaceAvailable.aspx?OrgKey=4371&CategoryID=24534

Posted on July 27, 2021 20:17 by wildbarrow15 wildbarrow15 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Observation of the week – July 17-23, 2021

The eleventh observation of the week comes from Peeter (@peeterinclarkson) who spotted this lovely Red Admiral.

If you have been following our OOTW since the project began in 2019, you may remember we first wrote about the Red Admiral and its booming population. At the end of our 2019 project, the Red Admiral was the second most observed butterfly with 107 observations. This year, the once reigning Red Admiral isn’t even in our top ten list – its currently at a rank of sixteen with 29 observations. How interesting is that?

Although it is well known as a species that has occasional ‘big years’, the reason for the population fluctuations of the Red Admiral still has some scientists scratching their heads. Red Admirals spend the winter in the southern United States, and some migrate back to Canada in the spring. The number of new butterflies produced in southern U.S., and the number that migrate north are influenced by a variety of factors. Ideal environmental conditions, including mild winters and early spring, may play a key role.

In a warm and early spring, Red Admirals migrate earlier and feed on early blooming plants in moist meadows and woodlands. If you see Red Admirals feeding in these places, you may want to reconsider approaching as they have been known to be territorial. They have been observed chasing other butterflies, birds and even people! If that’s not enough to keep you away their caterpillars feed on plants in the nettle family, which have sharp thorn-like hairs.

Peeter is a volunteer photographer with the Blooming Boulevards pollinator program in Mississauga, and has recently become interested in butterflies as part of this work. He shares: “I am a retired Professor of Medicine who is developing an interest in butterflies as a complement to my fascination with native plants. The iNaturalist site and the Butterfly Blitz have been a godsend to a novice like me in helping to identify the butterflies that my lens captures”.

Peeter spotted this lovely Red Admiral at a local park that is a popular spot for butterfly observations: "The Red Admiral was photographed at the Riverwood Conservancy while calmly gathering nectar on a cluster of coneflowers. The butterfly was extremely cooperative in posing for my 210 mm macro lens.”.

Thank you Peeter for being such an active observer to our project. We are so happy to hear that you have embraced this newfound appreciation for butterflies! Hopefully in a favourable year when conditions are just right, you will be able to experience a population boom of Red Admirals.

Have any of you noticed other butterfly species with good years and bad years?

Post written by Lily Vuong (@lilyvuong), Crew Leader, Community Outreach

Posted on July 27, 2021 19:33 by lltimms lltimms | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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A Naturalist in Trinidad and Tobago Spots a Black-veined Hairstreak in her Backyard - Observation of the Week, 7/27/21

Our Observation of the Week is the first Black-veined Hairstreak (Atlides polybe) posted from Trinidad and Tobago! Seen by @sheneller.

“I’ve been working from home due to the pandemic, which has been very stressful,” says Shenelle Ramkhelawan, an engineer living in Trinidad and Tobago. 

During my lunch breaks I like to go for walks in my backyard for fresh air. I saw a dragonfly perched on a branch and on my way to take its photograph, I saw a red dot under my pomerac tree. Upon closer observation, I noticed it was a stunning butterfly. I took photos of it and soon my dogs gathered around me. To save it from being trampled by my dogs, I gently placed my hand in front of it and it easily jumped onto my hand. It was very calm and didn’t fly away. I placed it on a tree and took more photos. This was the first butterfly I interacted with that was very calm and didn’t seem to fear me.

The butterfly Shenelle photographed was of course the black-veined hairstreak you see above. This species ranges from Mexico down through Argentina, but this is the first observation of one on any Caribbean island posted to iNaturalist. Like many other hairstreaks, it has “tails” extending from its hindwings. 

“Although I am an engineer by profession,” says Shenelle (above), 

I enjoy spending time in nature as a hobby. I enjoy going to beaches, hiking to waterfalls, and adventuring in the rainforest. I love being in nature as it helps me to self-reflect, heal and escape from the stresses of life. It helps me to remember that my problems aren’t as big as they seem.  

A friend of mine introduced me to iNaturalist. At first, I used it as my way of sharing my finds with my friend. Since then, it has evolved into a hobby and an escape. After joining iNaturalist, my perspective of my surroundings has changed. iNaturalist has a very friendly and well-educated community that truly cares and values nature. With their help, I am now more cognizant and knowledgeable of the fauna around me. iNaturalist helps me gain an appreciation for nature and learn to be kinder to my environment.

Most of my photos are taken in my backyard. If I am able to observe such beautiful species in my backyard, imagine what lies beyond.


- A big thanks to @brystrange for letting me know about this observation!

- Last year we featured another iNatter from Trinidad and Tobago, @zakwildlife, in an Observation of the Week post!

- There are over 115k hairstreak obervations on iNaturalist, check ‘em out!

Posted on July 27, 2021 19:21 by tiwane tiwane | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Género Isepeolus de Chile de acuerdo al Catalogo de Abejas Nativas de Chile del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente

De acuerdo al Catastro Abejas de Chile Actualizado al 29 Abril 2020 del Ministerio de Medio AMbiente de Chile (MMA), el género Isepeolus está compuesto por siete especies que son las siguientes:

  • Isepeolus atripilis (Roig-alsina,1991) Chile en la región de Magallanes.
  • Isepeolus cortesi (Toro y Rojas, 1968) Chile en las regiones de Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Biobío, La Araucanía.
  • Isepeolus lativalvis (Friese, 1908) Chile en las regiones de Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Biobío, La Araucanía.
  • Isepeolus luctuosus (Spinola, 1851) Chile en las regiones de Atacama, Coquimbo Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Biobío, La Araucanía.
  • Isepeolus septemnotatus (Spinola, 1851) Chile en las regiones de Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Biobío, La Araucanía.
  • Isepeolus vachali (Jörgensen, 1912) Chile en las regiones de Atacama, Coquimbo Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins
  • Isepeolus wagenknechti (Toro y Rojas, 1968) Chile en las regiones de Atacama, Coquimbo Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins

    En Inat existen dos de ellas identificadas al (27/07/21) que son:

  • (I. luctuosus) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/787055-Isepeolus-luctuosus
  • (I. septemnotatus): https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/780157-Isepeolus-septemnotatus

En la base de imágenes de especies de BOLD hay otras: http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=7228

Posted on July 27, 2021 18:41 by orlandomontes orlandomontes
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Over 13,000 observations and 2,700 species in just one month!


Great Job BioBlitzers!

With tremendous participation from more than 500 community members who contributed as observers or identifiers between June 25 and July 24, 2021, we documented over 13,000 observations spanning over 2,700 species in just a month. This bioblitz was an incredible experience!

Our goal was to safely document the biodiversity in South India during June/July to help us get familiar with plants, animals, and fungi in our very own backyards, gardens, or neighborhoods during this season. This activity, in turn, helps generate data that scientists can use in conservation and research and enables the creation of better field guides for naturalists.

We aimed high - over 5,000 observations covering a minimum of 1500 species. We not only met our goals but wildly exceeded them!

Hopefully, everyone had fun bioblitzing safely, and the event offered comfort and distraction through immersion in nature during the pandemic. Thank you all for this fantastic community work and for signing up to volunteer!

Take care of yourselves and stay safe!


Special shout-out to the following participants for their outstanding contributions to the 2021 South India Backyard Bioblitz!


Overall - most observations, species, plants, animals, and fungi: @hive
Overall - most observations (2nd): @navaneethsinigeorge
Overall - most species (2nd): @sreenivasan

Andaman and Nicobar - most observations and species: @neelam2
Andhra Pradesh - most observations and species: @rajabandi
Karnataka - most observations and species: @subbu107
Kerala - most observations and species: @hive
Tamil Nadu - most observations: @dhrish_krish
Tamil Nadu - most species: @paulmathi
Telangana - most observations: @odonut
Telangana - most species: @surabhi_srivastava_gaur

-Ashwin
Posted on July 27, 2021 18:08 by orfrigatebird orfrigatebird
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Seeds To Be Collecting Now

This year with the drought it seems like many native plants are putting energy in to flowering and setting seed early. Are you seeing this? Plants like violets, golden alexanders, fox sedge, Canada vetch, baptisia, and Willowherbs all have maturing seed pods that are about ready if not ready for harvest so check your plants often. Fringed Willowherb dispersing seed can be seen here https://photos.app.goo.gl/GyB34gmcxdfu3rs28.

Posted on July 27, 2021 17:25 by dmlamm dmlamm | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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21 Roots Farm Scouting.

MNSEED collaborators were out to 21 Roots Farm to scout out what was blooming on a Sunday afternoon. Check out the photos here (https://photos.app.goo.gl/rbWYHikTuDe9mZh28). Stay tuned for the MNSEED gathering date and time! We're so excited that we'll be here!

Posted on July 27, 2021 17:16 by dmlamm dmlamm | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome

BioBlitzers!! Excited to have you all explore your local area and identify the life that you share that space with. I encourage you to add to this journal as we progress throughout the Fall. Share your comments, issues, successes, questions, etc. Everything we add will likely benefit the group so do your best to contribute and participate.

Posted on July 27, 2021 16:57 by mr_rick mr_rick | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Needle Rust Fungi

Orange-tipped trees? Rust fungi are coming out in full force this July, bolstered by the wet June weather. Many rusts have multiple host plants & 5 annual spore stages! Trees can tolerate needle rust damage. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2TpnzrI #ForestHealth #AlaskaForestHealth

Posted on July 27, 2021 16:15 by awenninger awenninger | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Le Bombardier escopette

Les Bombardiers sont de petits (un peu plus de 6 mm) insectes de la famille des Carabes. L'espèce que l'on rencontre dans le Paillon est le Bombardier escopette, Brachinus sclopeta, reconnaissable à la tache orange entre ses élytres.

L'escopette est le nom d'une ancienne arme à feu, ancêtre de l'arquebuse. Les Bombardiers, en effet, doivent leur nom à une particularité étonnante : de nombreuses espèces de Carabiques sont capables de projeter un liquide, nauséabond ou corrosif, pour se défendre en cas d'agression, mais chez les Bombardiers, cette particularité est poussée un peu plus loin. En effet, ils projettent sur leur agresseur non pas une, mais deux substances : une glande produit de l'hydroquinone, et l'autre, du peroxyde d'hydrogène. Juste avant d'être projetés sur l'ennemi, les deux substances sont mélangées dans un organe spécial, où, en présence d'enzymes spécifiques, se produit une réaction chimique, qui entraîne une explosion, et la projection d'un aérosol corrosif à plus de 100°C.

Posted on July 27, 2021 16:07 by fabienpiednoir fabienpiednoir | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Gazing at Glassworts - August Ecoquest

Inspired by the glass show currently on display at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, we are highlighting Salicornia, a genus of plants also known as glassworts, pickleweed, samphire, and saltwort, for our EcoQuest in August 2021. Salicornia are small halophytic species in the Amaranthaceae family. These plants are found along the beaches, salt marshes, and mangrove ecosystems of North America, Europe, South Africa, and South Asia. These small annual or perennial herbs grow prostrate or erect with simple hairless and, succulent, stems that appear jointed. Their stems vary from red to green and their leaves are reduced to small fleshy scales. Flowers are small, complex, and bisexual. They produce small fleshy fruits with a single seed.

There are a variety of uses for glassworts, including glassmaking! The ashes of the dried, burnt plants contain copious amounts of potash and soda ash and were historically used to manufacture glass and soap. In addition, this salty plant is eaten raw, pickled, or cooked; the seeds are used to make oil; and the plant is used as a biofilter for marine effluent.

There are about 30 species of Salicornia and the two native species that are found in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are Salicornia ambigua and S. bigelovii. If you are interested in seeing this unique species and would like to observe it in its natural habitats, please join our upcoming BioBlitz at Terra Ceia State Park on August 27th by registering with the event link below or go on your own hunt and share your findings through the iNaturalist project site. While you are out there, please photograph other salt march species as well. Happy glass gazing!

August BioBlitz Registration:
This hike will tentatively be 3 miles from 8AM to 11AM so be prepared!
https://7082.blackbaudhosting.com/7082/BioBlitz---Gazing-at-Glassworts

Posted on July 27, 2021 14:25 by sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the Agassiz Dunes SNA Pasque Flower Unit Self-guided Bioblitz!

Welcome to Agassiz Dunes SNA Pasque Flower Unit Self-guided Bioblitz 2021! We’re excited to have your help recording the biodiversity of this site and welcome observations of all taxa. Please take some time to read the information below before visiting the SNA to make observations. To learn more about Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas, check out the website and visiting guidelines!. For more information on how to use iNaturalist, check out this video tutorial from SNA naturalist, Arika Preas. And don’t forget to spread the word, using #SNABioBlitz2021!

Keep in mind, this is a self-guided Bioblitz, which allows individuals and household groups to get outside and contribute to citizen science while practicing safe social distancing. See more information on the DNR Response to COVID-19.

Visiting the Agassiz Dunes Pasque Flower Unit to make observations, Know Before You Go:

o Visiting guidelines and rules for this site: Scientific and Natural Areas belong to us all; treat them with care. They protect the last remaining habitat for Minnesota's rarest plants and animals. Recreation is limited to protect this habitat and natural diversity.

o Be light on the land: don’t litter, don’t disturb wildlife, and don’t pick or collect any natural features. Leave only footprints, take only photos!

o Follow all site rules. Allowed: bird and wildlife watching, hiking, photography. Not allowed: Dogs, foraging, motorized vehicles, biking, camping. See the full list of rules on our webpage.

o Be aware that this site does not have any maintained trails or facilities and plan accordingly.

o From the south side of Fertile, MN, drive south 1 mile on Hwy 32 to 450th St SW. Turn west onto 450th St. SW and drive 2 miles to 130th Ave. Turn north on 130 Ave. and drive 3/4 mile north to where the road turns west. The Pasque Flower Unit is immediately northeast of the corner. Park along shoulder of gravel road. Coordinates: 47°31'36.39"N 96°19'13.73"W. Google Maps Directions

o What to bring and wear:

Dress for the weather, and also to prevent tick bites and poison ivy contact (wear long sleeves and long
pants tucked into socks, wear lightly colored clothing to spot ticks more easily)

Snacks and water
A hand lens, binoculars, a notebook, field guides, anything you like to use to observe!
Sun screen, bug spray, a hat
A boot brush, if you have one, to clean off your boots before and after your visit to prevent the spread of invasive species

Have questions or want more information? Email Alex Miller, SNA Volunteer Outreach Specialist, at alex.miller@state.mn.us.

Posted on July 27, 2021 12:47 by minnesota_scientific_and_natural_areas minnesota_scientific_and_natural_areas | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Expanding Flower-Visiting Wasps Project

Hi iNaturalist wasp community!

This project has provided great insight into the association/interaction between wasps and flowers in North America (Canada & US). Indeed, this project has grabbed the attention of UK based project - Big Wasp Survey (BWS) – as it aligns with their existing citizen science project to study wasps as pollinators.

Pollination is just one of the many useful ecosystem services wasps provide. But we don’t know much about which flowers benefit from wasp pollination, or which wasps are most important as pollinators. So, working with the BWS team we are aiming to expand the geographical scope of this project to global observations, to discover more wasp-flower interactions/associations.

The name of the project will change (to Flower Visiting Wasps of the World) to accommodate global observations, but don’t worry other requirements will not. We’re interested in any wasps that you may find visiting flowers: parasitoids, solitary and social. The observation field “Name of associated plant” is required, and note that macrophotography may make it hard to identify the plant species. Please make sure to include the full wasp and flower in the picture.

All observations that have been added previously to the project will remain. Project members will now be able to add their own observations outside of North America (Canada & US), as well as adding other iNaturalist members’ observations.

We hope that you will join us on this journey to identify wasp-flower interactions/associations around the world, helping us study wasps as pollinators.

Please feel free to share this journal post and project so that we can reach a wider community.

More information on Big Wasp Survey:
Website: https://www.bigwaspsurvey.org/
BWS Twitter: @bigwaspsurvey
Email: info@bigwaspsurvey.org

Posted on July 27, 2021 09:54 by seirian seirian | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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Moth Week Competition 2021 - Announcement of Winners

It has been a progressive National Moth Week with 390 observations uploaded by 13 observers and over 100 species. Two contributors surpassing over 100 records.

The Winner of 2021 National Moth Week Competition is @chathuri_jayatissa
She has recorded 126 Observations and 106 different species.
Congratulations Chathuri !!!🏆🏆🏆

Runner up is @chathura_udayanga with 106 Observations and 96 different species.

Third place goes to @sasandulasithminaperera with 59 observations and 57 different species.

A copy of my book (A handbook to Moths of Sri Lanka vol.1 ) will be given to three highest species observers - Chathuri Jayathissa, Chathura Udayanga and Sithmina Perera as an appreciation for their contribution and effort.

Many thanks to everyone who participated!

Posted on July 27, 2021 08:36 by nuwan nuwan | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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Bravo à tous : en juillet 2021, 10 000 observations partagées depuis la création du projet il ya un an

Le projet Biodiversité du Sistre et environs couvre le vallon et son torrent éponymes et les zones avoisinantes au sud du Mont Lozère ainsi que les causses calcaires proches.

Les observations de plus de 1 300 espèces ont été partagées et permettent de mieux percevoir ce point chaud local de biodiversité grâce aux plus de 200 observateurs et à près de 700 identificateurs. Les espèces animales les plus partagées sont des oiseaux communs tels le Rouge-gorge, le Pinson des arbres ou le Merle noir, d'autres moins répandus comme le bruant jaune, le Vautour fauve ou le Faucon crécerelle. Pour les plantes ce sont des orchidées, la montagnarde Orchis sureau, l'Orchis bouffon ou la Platanthère verdâtre.

Des espèces d'intérêts patrimoniales ou rares sont aussi observées parfois avec une fréquence exceptionnelle en France ou même en Europe de l'ouest (orchidées, rapaces). Ainsi sont notées les plus grandes populations mondiales d'Ophrys d'Aymonin, ainsi que les concentrations estivales les plus importantes connues de Faucons crécerellettes pour la France ou, assez fréquemment des espèces habituellement rares, comme la Spiranthe d'été ou le Bruant ortolan ainsi que de nombreuses espèces d'orchidées, de rapaces et de reptiles.

Des évolutions nouvelles sont déjà notées comme l'extension progressive de nouvelles espèces remontant vers le nord, comme par exemple le Lézard ocellé ou l'Orchis géant, non seulement dans les vallées mais aussi respectivement à 700 m et plus de 900 m d'altitude dans le vallon du Sistre.

Ces observations sont utiles pour la connaissance et déjà utilisées pour des actions de conservation (pour le recul de la période de fauchage des bords de routes) en lien avec un autre projet iNaturalist, Abiome.
N'hésitez donc pas à continuer à partager vos observations et à profiter de ce riche environnement.

Posted on July 27, 2021 08:34 by chacled chacled | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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