thanks for your replies, I think i need to explain a little further. If my English would have been better, I think less questions would have arisen. Sorry about that.
to clarify I should have added the website these records end up on: https://vespawatch.be/
AGAIN: not to blacklist or badmouth the user, just to clarify
@janetwright that sounds good but this site is directed at citizens reporting asian hornets. I don’t think many of them will see more than the record they have submitted.
the concern is that killing of hornet lookalikes is enabled by this citizen science project.
There’s no immediate threat of extinction but I guess an insect saved is worth it.
@clay_s @TriciaStewart Inaturalist is only a database in this issue, for the recorders.
I don’t think people actually are aware they enter material in inat-database, they just submit a record of ‘Asian Hornet’ to a dedicated website.
@clay_s European hornets are spreading northwards, but this project is started because of introduced Asian hornet-species which is apparently dangerous for European honeybees since they have no defense mechanism against Asian hornets.
(allegedly). This science project is supported by the Belgian beekeeping community.
@TriciaStewart you may be right, now we have at least a chance of letting people know what the ‘real danger’-species looks like.
Since starting this thread I have messaged the user asking them to stress the differences between the Asian hornets and other insects on their homepage.
Maybe that will ease the pain a bit.
@carnifex I don’t think any hornet is a protected species in the Netherlands or Belgium.
@paul_dennehy This is a citizen science project where laymen find a platform for their hornet-records.
The idea is to monitor the spread of asian hornets in Belgium. It might inadvertently promote the killing of innocent lookalikes by laymen.
In my eyes the end justifies the means in many insect studies -not all; if an individual insect can be saved, that’s a plus.
In this study I think more effort should have been made to help people distinguish between one and the other…to avoid future senseless killing of vulnerable bees/bumblebees/wood wasps/hover flies etcetera.
I forgot to address this issue clearer. For an inaturalist ID only two species-ID-confirmations are needed. If some layman submits a bumblebee as asian hornet and only one other inaturalist user confirms that ID, the bumblebee will end up in the database as Asian Hornet unless some other inaturalist comes along to correct the wrong ID.
At inaturalist it’s just one mis-ID’d record. For the mentioned website it might mean more innocents get killed as they are wrongfully id’d here.
Luckily sofar most faulty ID’s are corrected. But in this case some vigilance is required as belgian insect lives depend on it… It may be a small thing, but still
As i said, I may be oversensitive but I think it is something to address and not something to dismiss solely on the fact that extensive insect killing is done for a project by established scientists.