07 March 2012

Permissible photographic records

The MOS will accept photographic documentation for county records to be included in the Atlas of the following species ONLY. Further, in order to be considered for acceptance, these photographs will need to be submitted to Odonata Central.

You'll need to register for a free account there, and upload your photos. These records must contain the date of collection, and the specific location including geocoordinates. Once you have submitted each record, it will appear as "pending" in the Decision field. After the record has been vetted, the Decision will appear as "Confirmed." At that point, you can fill out the MOS data entry template (available on the download page) with all needed data; use the OC number as your "Fld No". You can email the spreadsheet with one or many photographic records at any time to Mark O'Brien (mfobrien AT gmail DOT com). Please keep physical vouchers and photographic records on separate spreadsheets, and indicate that your submission is for photos.

Acceptable species for photographic records:

Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) -- mature male only
Violet Dancer (Argia fumipennis violacea) -- mature male only
Aurora Damsel (Chromagrion conditum) -- mature male only
Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum) -- mature male only
Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita) -- mature male only
Common Green Darner (Anax junius) -- mature male; female or immature male only if "bullseye" on forehead is clearly visible in photo.
Prince Baskettail (Epitheca princeps)
Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)
Halloween Pennant (C. eponina)
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea) -- stigma must be visible.
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)
Twelve-Spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)
Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)
Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)
Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)  

If you have high quality photographs of other potential county records, please let us know. We can include them as "hypothetical" species, and/or attempt to obtain a voucher. If your photograph is of an actual voucher specimen that will not be deposited in the MOS collection, we can certainly use it as a valid record depending on the circumstances (ability to verify the identification, etc.).

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