What is the oldest unidentified observation you've identified?

To clarify, what observation, that was previously unidentified or misidentified, went the longest between the submitted date and your identification to species?

I was just looking through old buckwheat observations and found one of kueda’s from 2010.

The good news is that it looks like that was the last “Needs ID” buckwheat from 2010 and 2011 was all caught up already. Don’t despair if your observation hasn’t been identified within a few weeks, it might just take a while for the right person to find it!


The oldest submission I took part of was uploaded in 2008, but the year holding most old uploads is 2012, even though most are of poor quality and went from insecta to pterygota.

I suppose it depends on what you mean by “previously unidentified or misidentified” but the oldest observation I have an ID on is also kueda’s, from Apr 9, 2010. I took it from genus to species.

If anyone would like to check, you can put your own user name into this link:


There are still plenty of old records for other taxa too:

Maybe this from '11
The first of its species and the second of its genus to be added to iNat.
I added my ID roughly one year ago.


Now its probably this one from 2007. https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/124461

You ided some that were uploaded earlier: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?ident_user_id=felix-insects&order=asc&place_id=any&subview=table

Those old Observations I IDed are mostly stegdyphus spiders and also other older ones are all from spiders

This one from 2011 is the oldest

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Don’t know how it sorts the date from Amy’s link?
But this is from 2003

and even older 1998 (an entire human generation ago!

But maybe South Africa has an unfair advantage with the older records moved across from iSpot. I withdraw ;~)

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This one of a Geranium from 2008, which I worked on a year ago: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/712

Look at that low observation number! To be fair, several other people also IDed it as Geranium, but I added my ID and marked it as Not Wild, because I recognize it as a garden hybrid (can I remember the variety name right now? No).


You’ve got me beat on observation number @lynnharper, but I was still surprised to see how low this one was for me! An old anole observation from kueda.

My link uses date uploaded rather than date observed. iNat was born in 2008 so anything dated before that is for sure a backdated upload. The original poster did say “went the longest between the submitted date and your identification.”


Wow, what a cool looking spider!

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I hadn’t considered that some of our records were migrated from other platforms. It’s unfortunate that these imported records don’t include information about how they were originally submitted.


In my humble opinion Stegodyphus are cutest spiders anyways :grin:

I think it still counts! @Ajott That is a beautiful spider.

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