Development of an organism - how many observations?

taking pictures of the same species that is developing like caterpillar to butterfly, is this one observation? or is every stage an observation? or every time I take a picture is a new observation?
thanks for your thoughts and input.

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An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location. This includes encounters with signs of organisms like tracks, nests, or things that just died… If you record an observation of a tree, then go back a day later to take another photo, please add a new observation using the new photo, because it represents the tree at a different point in time.

If you’re taking photos on different days, they should be different observations. If they’re taken around the same time on the same day, you’d typically combine the photos into one observation. More on this topic here: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/what-is-an-observation/3367

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you can connect the different observations with each other so that it is easier to find the whole set by using either the ‘associated observation’ or ‘observation group’ options in the ‘Observation Fields’ section on the observation page.
tutorial here…
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/using-the-field-similar-observation-set-for-linking-observations-of-lepidoptera-when-raising-on/1018

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Typically yes - but as has happened today, when a change in life stage takes place within few hours, I would prefer to upload two separate observations (and link them mutually):
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32123020
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32125834

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yeah I’d do the same

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