Have you ever faved a State of Matter Life?

I am very selective about faving observations. I only fave the ones which I find to be both aesthetically pleasing and that stand out as in some way distinct from other photos that I see. Looking through my favorites now, I see that they tend to have dramatic composition, and oftentimes bold colors. Of my currently 70 faves, only one stands at State of Matter Life, observed by @lucyinthesea:

The reason it is State of Matter Life is that there is disagreement as to whether it is Red Algae or Bryozoans. (My vote is for Bryozoans)

So, those of you who take on the challenge of State of Matter Life, how often do you find faves there? What was it about them that made them your faves?


First off, this is a very clever idea for a post and I am a fan. Second, I have 2 favorites that are at “life”. I favorited both for the same reason, which is I have no idea what I am looking at and that’s exciting to me.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65912711 is particularly interesting because I’m familiar with the area and know that this is weird looking compared to anything else I’ve seen there. Honestly, sometimes I think it may not even be alive. But I can’t tell, which keeps me invested.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17857818 is particularly interesting because it looks like that.


The first one looks like a sheet of seaweed or algae. The second one is a really dramatic photo… maybe some sort of Siphonophorae?

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I have very few faves, and only one at “Life” with no other IDs: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/97491567

Very interested to find out what it is if it ever gets a good ID.


First looks like brown algae piece? Like laminaria or something, if it doesn’t live earby, ocean could easily move it from somewhere else.


I think all my favs are things I had no clue as to the identity of when I encountered them. Some have been identified, some are still at very general IDs, and a couple are still unknowns. These thread-like things which might be a fungus or plant roots: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/84124844, and these things which I can’t tell if they are part of the plant, or insect eggs, or: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/102987569

The second one looks almost like stick bug eggs. Some species disguise their eggs to look like plant seeds.

Here’s a couple of examples of some of the types of eggs they can lay:

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Those are just katytids eggs, some species inject them in leaf edges, some lay on leaves/bark.


Thank you for solving that mystery, Marina! And thanks for the suggestions, earthknight.

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Interesting, that looks to be exactly what they are.

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I don’t currently have any, but there were some mystery observations I used to keep track off that have since been ‘solved’. One example are these flower-like structures that aren’t actually flowers.


Two of our faves are still at Life ID:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108244175 (a human-made vs natural type observation)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/106104222 (also a Bryozoans-type example)

We faved them because we are curious about them and want to be able to check in on them from time to time. So favoriting is an easy way to keep track on our timeline. Favoriting doesn’t mean to us, “This is among our favorite things we’ve ever seen.”

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My faves have evolved over the last 7 years. I have not picked too many based on aesthetics - it evolved to collecting species I wanted to compare, then it became a source for reminding me of species as I went through State of matter Life - now as I look into bees more it has become a place to have reminder species as well as all of the previous.

Probably placing them in a journal would be better but not as fast to retrieve.

Many of my almost 100 were because of looking through State of matter Life but were resolved at that time. I currently have 8 that remain State of matter Life.

One of my saved favourites I share with @dallon - the sea ribbon?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1455708 is an interesting discussion between ascomycetes and terrestrial algae as well as good use of embedding comment images and how to achieve that.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6861086 was more to remind myself of kingdom conflicting species.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73459443 one for the WeirdWildWonders project

are all for the Beach Blobs project

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18141906 is just unresolved from an unusual first guess/Life/Higher Ascomycetes


Just 2 for me

Waiting for Len to find another one on his current trip to Madagascar

The other is greyish, but still, not Claytonia


Well this has been fun! Thanks to this post both my “Unknown” things have IDs and are no longer unknown, and I have learnt interesting things.


In a word, no. But I only just worked out how to view my faves. ( don’t know why I missed it before), and found a lot of fungi, and a frog… turns out I discovered another shortcut on the ID page :)…
But otherwise just ferns that are in someway outstanding, like this one https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/103668747
Doesn’t look much, but is the first of the species to be identified in inland Victoria Australia, over 600km from the nearest then known (small) populations in the state.


I have 3, all of which I faved just because I want to know what they are eventually.
2 are plant pathogens:
And I have no idea what caused this one:

You can also ‘follow this obs’ to achieve that. Fave or follow, both work.


This one is at “animals” now, but it was at “life” when I faved it so I’ll link it: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69649643

I’m deeply curious about the cause of this scarring!

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This is my newest addition: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/109248598