Recently, I added an observation for a ladybug, and the AI suggested Hesperomyces. That seemed fungus-related by the ending of the name, but I decided to accept it anyway and then research the name. Searching the name indeed brings up many ladybug observations here or on the web in general. Most of the images of Hesperomyces observations are not cropped to accentuate the fungus, so it’s no surprise the AI is getting confused.
So the question is, how will the AI properly learn the distinction in a situation like this? I think proper cropping would help.
I think something similar is happening with Psychodidae. I’ve been monitoring this group for some time. It’s been stated here that the AI knows Clogmia albipunctata quite well, but I wonder if it’s not learning instead the environment around the flies.
Perhaps there should be more emphasis on properly cropping photos. Or maybe a tool could be added to the website or app for users to indicate the item in the observation. I see some other sites doing this.