August 02, 2021

a tiny task ::: Nanophyes marmoratus

Hi everyone,

there are not so many observations for, but it appears that they are often found on Lythrum salicaria (or at least beetles from the same genus). I found some of these tiny fellows today, in the upper parts of the plant between the buds.


Posted on August 02, 2021 17:30 by mobbini mobbini | 25 comments | Leave a comment

July 12, 2021

tough one: enbeaver

Hi there,

just learned that there is a specialised beetle living exclusively in Beaver fur: Up to now there are three observations on iNat, so if anyone wants to en(d/b)eaver ...? ;-)


Posted on July 12, 2021 17:39 by mobbini mobbini | 6 comments | Leave a comment

July 08, 2021

Eurobioblitz 24./25. September

Hi there,

just a short note on another bioblitz:

See you there?

Posted on July 08, 2021 16:54 by mobbini mobbini | 0 comments | Leave a comment

November 15, 2020


Hello everyone,

I guess too much going on in summer this challenge was a bit out of focus (apart from the esprit @carnifex put into it). But now, leaves falling, insects hiding, and with two Lasioptera observations lately in Leipzig, here is a new one. Let's take deep meditating breaths and look at stems.

I am no expert but I hope the appearance is distinct enough for easy IDing.

Maybe, if someone finds both Lasioptera originated galls intertwined in one photo carnifex will allow it into his Hattrick-challenge even if a third is missing?


Posted on November 15, 2020 09:57 by mobbini mobbini | 4 comments | Leave a comment

August 28, 2020

It's HATTRICK time!

So, here's something new for you guys - being a bit different from the 'classic' search for species:

As I am a fan of challenges, I have this going on as a personal quest for some time already, and I wonder why I didn't come up with the idea of promoting it in this group earlier.

Here's the mission: Find three plants of the same genus at the same spot (i.e. visible in one photo).

Too easy, so I exclude it here, is the 'Trifolium-triplet'.
So, for a start, to successfully participate in this challenge, either find three Acer or three Plantago species at the same spot. I managed to find both of these combinations already twice, so it should be doable. Bonus points, if the plants even touch each other 🥰

If you find other combinations, they will be evaluated by me whether they count or not 👨🏻‍🏫

On top of that, I created a new project: Go check out the Similar species in the same photo project and add your findings (not restricted to plants).

Hope you like the idea!

Posted on August 28, 2020 14:24 by carnifex carnifex | 11 comments | Leave a comment

July 17, 2020

City Nature Challenge 2021

Hey liebe 'Challenger'!
es ist ab jetzt möglich, sich für die CNC 2021 anzumelden.
Da dieses Jahr keine Stadt oder Region in Deutschland teilgenommen hat, hoffe ich für das nächste Jahr auf stärkere Beteiligung. Es reicht auch erstmal nur eine provisorische Anmeldung, dann kann man immer noch entscheiden ob man mitmachen möchte.
Da ich selber bereits eine CNC organisiert habe, kann ich gerne Tipps und Materialien zur Verfügung stellen.
Im nächsten Jahr bin ich auf jeden Fall wieder mit dabei, ich finde es eine großartige Aktion.

Hier geht's zur Anmeldung!

Posted on July 17, 2020 21:23 by carnifex carnifex | 11 comments | Leave a comment

July 04, 2020

New Target species - Harebell Carpenter Bee is the next target species in the challenge. This small bee is found all over europe on Bellflowers (Campanula). // ist die nächste Ziel-art in der Challenge. Diese kleine Biene kommt überall in Europa auf Glockenblumen (Campanula) vor.

Adalia bipunctata, Cheilosia fasciata, Millium effusum, and Cynosurus cristatus are not target species any more, so please don't add any more observations of those species to the project. // Adalia bipunctata, Cheilosia fasciata, Millium effusum, und Cynosurus cristatus sind nicht mehr Ziel-arten, also bitte keine Beobachtungen mehr von diesen Arten zum Projekt hinzufügen.

Currently only me (@alexis_orion), @martingrimm, and @mobbini are curators in the project, so please let me know if you'd like to become one too. // Derzeit sind nur ich (@alexis_orion), @martingrimm und @mobbini Kuratoren im Projekt, sagt mir also bescheid wenn ihr auch mithelfen wollt.

Posted on July 04, 2020 11:12 by alexis_orion alexis_orion | 42 comments | Leave a comment

May 12, 2020

New target species - Leafminers

We haven't had a new target species for a while, and with Cheilosa fasciata, Millium effusum, and Zimmermannia liebwerdella leaving the target list soon I thought I'd add a few new ones. Leafminers are a very under-observed group in Germany, so those might be a good fit for
our project. Here are a few fairly distinctive ones to start with:

    This species mines on Geranium sp. (I've seen them most on G. molle), here's a link with more information:

    This species can often be found on Ranunculus, Anemone, and Ficaria verna, and can be distinguished from the similar Phytomyza ranunculivora through; "frass grains fine, separated by less than their diameter, often also fusing into pearl strings". Here's a link with more information:

if you make any leafmine observations (some of you do already), I would really Appreciate it if you add them the Leafminers of Europe project on iNat.

Happy iNatting, and good luck finding some leafmines,
Alexis (@alexis_orion)

Posted on May 12, 2020 06:11 by alexis_orion alexis_orion | 15 comments | Leave a comment

April 01, 2020


@alexis_orion stumbled over this bioblitz-project for coming sunday:

see you there? :-)

Posted on April 01, 2020 18:48 by mobbini mobbini | 12 comments | Leave a comment

February 14, 2020

Say hello to the targeted species

(This blog entry is just in order to loosely collect/link all surrounding information that was given in comments or other journal posts of this project in one source)

Animals // Tiere

Insects // Insekten

Beetles // Käfer (Coleoptera)

Bugs // Wanzen (Heteroptera)

Butterflies // Schmetterlinge (Lepidoptera)

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts // Heuschrecken (Orthoptera)

Hymenopterans // Hautflügler (Hymenoptera)

Flies // Fliegen (Diptera)

Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies // Schnabelfliegen (Mecoptera)

Plant-parasitic Hemipterans // Pflanzenläuse (Sternorrhyncha)

Spiders // Spinnen (Araneae)

Plants // Pflanzen

Mosses // Moose

Grasses // Gräser (Poaceae)

got included in challenge in this blog entry:


  • Species that are taken out of the challenge will not be actively added into the project anymore. Still, if anyone found the species and would like to have added it into the challenge to grab the species point for ranking in the challenge, just raise your hand in the comment :-)

Posted on February 14, 2020 07:05 by mobbini mobbini | 83 comments | Leave a comment