Can someone explain how this is the Community ID?

Thank you in advance for your kindness.

I am a little limited currently so was trying to review my older “Needs ID” Observations and I am very confused by this:


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I am not at all sure I can follow that particular discussion, but I think I understand that this particular taxon is currently muddly and requires patience, which is something I have in buckets. Thank you.

I did note at the tail end of that discussion there was some bit about “incarnata” and wildly the Observation to which I linked was identified as incarnata, one of the subspecies seen here (the other being vanillae vanillae). I cannot differentiate either of course but the butterfly experts can.

It seems the butterfly species has a new name. Agraulis vanillae and Dione vanillae. Wikipedia states Agraulis vanillae as the synonym. With two names present , the software choose Tribe Heliconiini, so it is ok. The two names are probably the same butterfly, but some curators need to tell the software one of the name is a synonym. I think that’s how it works. I’ve informed curator on a few occasions regarding plant name swap. Never tried before on butterfly. Have to determine which name is the legal one.

The original flag, once I found it, has a LONG and continuing discussion

Patience you will need. Goes back to April last year.


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