How to Use this Project as a Resource for Identifying Caterpillars and Pupae

Hi everyone!

I am really excited to see some more observations being added to this project.
Even though it is still early days yet, I thought it would be interesting to share a short guide on how to browse the observations in this project to use a resource when trying to identify a caterpillar or a pupa (also called cocoons or chrysalises).

To browse caterpillars or pupae (on the website):

  1. Click on View all observations first
    2a. To filter down to just caterpillar observations, add the following text to the end of the URL: &term_id=1&term_value_id=6 OR
    2b. To filter down to just pupae observations, add the following text to the end of the URL: &term_id=1&term_value_id=4

  2. You can then further refine by clicking on the Species tab, and clicking on "[number] observations" just under the taxon image to view caterpillars of that species OR
  3. You can filter further by typing a taxon name into the Species search bar e.g. "Geometridae" or "Cryptic Bark Moth"

Link to caterpillars:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=lepidoptera-life-cycles-australia&subview=grid&term_id=1&term_value_id=6&verifiable=any

Link to pupae:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=lepidoptera-life-cycles-australia&subview=grid&term_id=1&term_value_id=4&verifiable=any

To browse caterpillars or pupae (on the app):
1a. Navigate to the Project landing page, and scroll down until you can click "See More Observations" OR
1b. From the Explore page, click the Filters icon, then type the Project name into the Project field

  1. In the Filters tab, scroll down to "With Annotation", set it to Life Stage, then select Larva or Pupa
  2. Hit Apply filters to see all caterpillars/pupa of all observation sets
  3. You can filter further by clicking the Search icon, and typing a taxon name into the Search bar e.g. "Geometridae" or "Cryptic Bark Moth"

UPDATE: You can view all the species included in this project in a taxonomic view using this URL:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/taxa?place_id=any&projects=87411
This is useful when trying to browse the project by family or other taxonomic groupings.

Looking forward to seeing more metamorphoses!
-Claudia

Posted by claudiarose claudiarose, September 30, 2020 11:24

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