Katie Woods

Unido: 08.ago.2016 Última actividad: 24.mar.2023 iNaturalist

Hobbyist suburban naturalist and wildlife gardener! My unofficial focus for 2022 was collecting distinctively-marked species in Syrphidae, Vespidae, Coccinellidae, and Mordellidae, but I pretty much take photos of anything that sits still long enough and might be identifiable to species or a neat genus at my camera's resolution.

On the ID side, I mainly do lady beetles and the Calopteron genus in eastern North America, with a particular interest in uncommon species and color variations that tend to get misclassified. I don’t have formal training in botany or entomology, so my familiarity with other taxa is a bit scattershot (mostly species and lookalikes that I observed myself and then read up on). I don’t expect you to take my word for an ID in any taxa, and would actually prefer that you don’t — and yes, this includes species where I’ve topped the ID leaderboard! I can’t know what I don’t know, and I’m learning new things all the time; once in a while I discover that a feature I’d been relying on for ID isn’t as reliable as I’d thought.

When I’m working through IDs for more than a handful of obs at a time, the cumulative social anxiety of messaging strangers tends to bog me down fast, so I’m nowhere near as consistent as I’d like to be about leaving explanatory comments — please feel free to call me back to elaborate if you want to know what features I was looking at or where I got my info from! Or, y’know, if you think I hit the wrong thing on autopilot and I need to come back and fix it. I don’t always manage to reply right away, but I do check all of my notifications and mark things I want to come back to later.

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