I apologize if this issue has been discussed before - unfortunately, I could not find an existing topic or solution.
When identifying the bugs, I occasionally see observations of “hitchhikers” - specimens clearly transferred with goods or transport to other regions or even continents (where their populations do not exist). E.g.:
Most often these are not pests, but simply species that are common in their region and have unwittingly embarked on a long trip. So, I would prefer to avoid the negative word “invaders”, using the more neutral “hitchhikers” or “travelers”. Especially since their establishing in the location of observation is often unlikely to be possible. I doubt that the species not known in the wild north of Texas, Arizona and California could live in Canada.
It seems to me that it would be useful to find some way to highlight such observations. They allow us to better understand the ability of organisms to spread. This ability is probably still underestimated in today’s world, which has become small. And most “travelers” simply go unnoticed.
But I’m not sure what is the best way to “mark” such observations. Projects may not be quite suitable, based on the definition:
Projects are designed to automatically include all of the observations that fit the places, taxa, users, quality, and dates that you define.
It would likely be difficult to limit the project for “travelers” to any of these parameters.
I am not even sure that such organisms can be considered wild in the exact meaning of the word. But at the same time, it would be incorrect to confuse them with captives, that is, consciously taken from nature to be kept. They are outside the wild but have found themselves in a place of observation by accidental circumstances. In addition, if such observations were to have a “Casual” rather than “Verifiable” status - they could lose the attention of both users and the scientific community. IMO, this is also undesirable.
Or is the best way to use observation fields? But among the existing fields, I don’t see a suitable one. The ones related to introduction are hardly appropriate for “travelers”. Introduction in the biological sense implies more or less sustainable habitat, not entry per se (IMO). Maybe a “hitchhiker” field with yes/no values should be created?
I would appreciate all opinions.