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 | 0 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)
• *** Two-spotted Lady Beetle (Zweipunkt-Marienkäfer): – June 2020: 65 observations (26 in the challenge). Challenge successfully finished*

  • started with 25 observations in Germany

  • not too hard to identify due to its distinctive pattern
  • however, it is only active in the winter season around oak trees and quite small, which could be the reason for the poor reporting
  • started with 2 observations in Germany

Bugs // Wanzen (Heteroptera)

  • started with 2 observations in Germany

• Capra's Water Cricket (Großer Bachläufer):

  • started with 8 observations in Germany

Butterflies // Schmetterlinge (Lepidoptera)
• Buchenrinden-Zwergminiermotte:

  • very good target species for beginners. Not scientifically proofed, but I have the impression it can be found on every Fagus
  • started with 0 observations in Germany

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts // Heuschrecken (Orthoptera)
• Ants'-nest Cricket (Ameisengrille):

  • started with 1 observation in Germany

Hymenopterans // Hautflügler (Hymenoptera)
• Harebell Carpenter Bee (Kleine Glockenblumen-Scherenbiene):

  • starts with 5 observations in Germany

  • starting with 1 observation in Germany
  • host plant Ulmus
  • first sights in Germany in 2011
  • very typical ziggzagg frass pattern

Flies // Fliegen (Diptera)
• Similar fruit fly:

  • started with 0 observations in Germany

• *** – May 2020: 52 observations (45 listed in the challenge)! Challenge successfully finished*

• very nice yellow striped black fly with peculiar body shape:

Scorpionflies, Hangingflies, and Allies // Schnabelfliegen (Mecoptera)
• Snow Flea:
Informations about it (in german):
Can be found:

  • on mosses: Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi, Hedwigia albicans, Polytrichum piliferum and Grimmia sp.
  • from October til March
  • Genus Boreus counts as well ;-)
  • started with 0 observations in Germany

Plant-parasitic Hemipterans // Pflanzenläuse (Sternorrhyncha)

  • can be found on murals and crataegus and other places
  • started with 0 observations in Germany

Spiders // Spinnen (Araneae)

• Ladybird Spider (Rote Röhrenspinne):

  • started with 7 observations in Germany

Plants // Pflanzen

Mosses // Moose (which now belongs to Tortula, see, but anyway)

Grasses // Gräser (Poaceae)

got included in challenge in this blog entry:

• Blue Moor-grass (Kalk-Blaugras),, currently 4 observations

• *** Crested Dogstail (Wiesen-Kammgras),, currently 12 observations – June 2020: 31 observations (15 in the challenge). Challenge successfully finished*

• European Feather-grass (Echtes Federgras),, currently 2 observations

• Giant Fescue (Riesen-Schwingel),, currently 11 observations

• King Ranch bluestem (Finger-Bartgras),, currently 2 observations

• *** Wood Millet (Waldhirse),, currently 18 observations – May 2020: 46 observations (22 listed in the challenge)! Challenge successfully finished, though likely mostly be people not even knowing of the challenge*

• Orange Foxtail (Ocker-Fuchsschwanzgras),

  • starts with 5 observations
  • a small only 15cm high grass in wet marginal freshwater habitats such as edges of ponds, ditches, wet meadows, reservoirs and gravel pits
  • its unique orange anthers are out now (now being beginning of June)


  • 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

February 12, 2020

A Call to Grass

Hi everyone,

I stumbled over this observation of Cynosurus cristatus yesterday, which @bobwardell helped to identify. In checking the stats on the taxa page I found that we have only 12 observations in Germany so far, though wikipedia says it is a quite common grass, though locally listed as endangered. But looking at the GBIF data points in the map, it seems it should not be so difficult to get some more observations of it at iNat, though it seems to be advantageous to explore in Bavaria.

Digging a bit further in Poaceae it seems that many grass species are way too overlooked in general.

Poaceae observations in Germany: ~ 3000 observations with 161 different species sounds maybe not to bad. But a big chunk of them are not surprisingly Phragmites australis (266) and some others, and many, I assume, unidentified deeper than Poaceae:

So I would like to give a Call to Grass for some of them (completely arbitrarily chosen ;-), their visuals seem catchy enough to remember them), which hopefully raises other Poaceae observation counters as well.

Any additions to the list, especially from a more expert point of view, are welcome!

Happy exploring!

Posted on February 12, 2020 19:07 by mobbini mobbini | 33 comments | Leave a comment

February 02, 2020

Species not to forget...

Zimmermannia liebwerdella
Eresus kollari

(read about on facebook or in discussions...)

Posted on February 02, 2020 19:10 by martingrimm martingrimm | 17 comments | Leave a comment

January 03, 2020

Two new target species

Hi and happy new year to everyone,

just as a short note, we've added to new target species in the last weeks:

Informations about it (in german):
Can be found:

  • on mosses: Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi, Hedwigia albicans, Polytrichum piliferum and Grimmia sp.
  • from October til March



Posted on January 03, 2020 10:34 by mobbini mobbini | 21 comments | Leave a comment

October 01, 2019

New target species

Hi Everyone!
nobody has found a Pionosomus varius for a while, so I think it's time to choose a new target species.
@carnifex suggested in that I could try and find a Similar Fruit Fly (Drosophila simulans), and I thought that would be a good next target. D. simulans looks very similar to D. melanogaster, and a good photo of the abdomen of a male is needed for a species ID. @carnifex could go through our Drosophila observations to help find photos of D. simulans. Here's the best iNat photo of that species, to give you an idea of what they look like:

I've also got a question for the members of this project; Should we leave the Pionosomus varius challenge open, and have this as a second challenge at the same time, or should we close the other one down?

Good luck finding a Drosophila simulans,

Posted on October 01, 2019 05:58 by alexis_orion alexis_orion | 13 comments | Leave a comment