The appears to be an issue, concerning at least one species, with the website identification suggestion tool consistently suggesting a common, variable, plain-looking species for a large variety of similarly dull but often quite unrelated species. I’m posting to see whether there is a technological fix to this issue.
I have over the last several months corrected easily 200 misidentified Hofmannophila pseudospretella from eastern North America. I have a hard time believing that at least a few dozen contributors all happen to have misidentified moths in several families, many of which look very different from Hofmannophila, as this species, which is evidently restricted to the west coast. The most likely explanation seems to be that iNaturalist often provides this species as an ID suggestion for many poor photos of brown moths. Despite my best efforts to “teach” the ID suggestion tool by correcting all its errors in this case, at least several more images masquerading as Hofmannophila show up every week. This is especially frustrating when such misidentifications make it seem as if the species is widely distributed throughout North America unless errors are corrected immediately. Has anyone noticed a similar problem with other species?