Another busy month bat time to catch up on how have we been tracking in our Monthly Challenge over this time with another splendid effort, in the last couple of months we all contributed a massive effort. The numbers will only go up as people may upload observations in the next few weeks. As of writing, we have contributed.
Observations 5, 904 (5, 552 in Australia alone)
Species 2, 116
Observers 64 (21 with more than 50 observations at the time of writing)
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Together our 61 Australian observers accounted for substantial contributions to the overall records made all contributing;
August 6.5 % of the 85, 260 observations recorded in Australia
Over July month, the number of observations dropped below 100,000 Australian iNaturalist observations, possibly due to the cooler weather experienced across southern Australia. It is fantastic to see so many observations being made.
I am looking forward to getting out towards the end of the month to hopefully record some Orchids. W I encourage you all to level up with Wild Orchid Watch, the Australian citizen science project that has its own app that collects extra data, that feeds into inaturalist.
You can install the Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) app on your mobile device, simply by typing in your internet browser: app.wildorchidwatch.org (or select the button below) and follow the prompts. The WOW app is a progressive web app, so it sits on the web, not in the app store, but looks just like a regular app once installed.
The most observed species in August 2022
The most observed species in August was the Ironbark Feather Orchid Dendrobium aemulum with 55 observations all from Queensland, you can check them all out here.
Highlights for the month
We would like to congratulate Greg Tasney on his amazing efforts on iNaturalist.org He still find it to be a joy to find less common and newly described species and get them on iNat for the first time, Two examples recently are: Lomandra phillipsiorum - A funny comment thread for this one, it is actually a new Lomandra species described and published early last year in the paper Wang, J. (2021). 'Lomandra phillipsiorum Jian Wang ter (Laxmanniaceae), a new species from southeastern Queensland. Austrobaileya 11: 19-25. ' I think it stumped Greg!
check out the observation below https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/126404674 and
Solanum latens - Only 50 observations in ALA but none have live plant photos. This is one of only 4 observations on iNaturalist. with those spines you think people would take more notice?
meanwhile in Australia @donnamareetomkinson spent a heap of time looking for more tiny spiders on the paperbark tree in their backyard, it's only 2 metres tall, but they found another fly mimic spider on it & it's smaller than the one they found a few weeks back. this one is a A reverse fly mimic: the black spots on abdomen are eye-like, why spinnerets mimic fly antennae.
I wonder how many there are on it.
There was also a diversity of other tiny spiders. Not easy to photograph. 3mm ish but persistence paid off
Elegant Fly Mimic Abracadabrella elegans, observed by @donnamareetomkinson.
The Great Southern Bioblitz is coming up in October so get out practicing!
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