Many different pollinator plant observation fields are currently in use. Previous forum topics concluded that field standardization/merging may not be currently possible, at least without development work.
Below are results for observations per field name, with the description of each field in brackets (visible when clicking on it on observations). Using the URL: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&field:Name%20of%20Associated%20Plant, pasting in the field name after “field:” Update: some turned out to be non-pollination-related in their descriptions (vs. field names). Although, it’s possible for authors to edit descriptions, and many of those are probably unknowingly used for pollination by some too.
48,725 Nectar / Pollen delivering plant [Flowering plant being visited]
43,313 Nectar Plant [Flowering plant whose nectar is being consumed.]
31,167 Interaction->Visited flower of [species seen visiting this plant (possibly pollinating).]
11,997 Visiting a flower of: (Interaction) [pollinating, thieving or eating flowers]
6,674 Flower/Plant Name (what plant was the pollinator visiting?)
3,205 pollinates [What species of plant was being pollinated?]
382 Name of Plant or Shrub where you observed the pollinator
310 plant used for pollen
33 What plant is being pollinated?
16 Name of plant where pollinator is observed
17,706 Name of Associated Plant [scientific name of plant visited]
13,708 Name of Host Plant [species name if known]
226 Flowers visited [Plant]
30 Plant Host [plant species on which you saw the arthropod]
40,265 Host Plant ID [Host of a herbivore or parasite species]
24,013 Host [Species hosting parasite or mutual/commensal symbiont]
21,208 Host Plant [Host of a herbivore or parasite species]
8,574 Insect Host Plant [plant on which eggs deposited/larva feeding]
719 Interaction->Visited plant [For insects that are on plants but not feeding.]
Term used on Discover Life bee or wasp species pages: Host (includes DL-record plant database)
No linked plant records on GBIF yet.
I’d recommend we choose or create a single field to use (still optionally though). That would allow all observations to be filtered by it, help add more observations to projects, and may help if there ever comes a development-end way to transfer plant records to DL and GBIF. I’d prefer readable, standard ones like host, host plant, floral association, pollinator plant, or associated plant. Fields also display with a description, so longer description-like names don’t seem necessary (even if some currently have many observations).
I’d also support any feature requests to standardize fields or to transfer the plant linked records when verified iNaturalist records transfer to DL and GBIF. A general topic seemed the best place to start.
Any thoughts, or more results from searching other fields?