You know you're seriously into iNat when

I went to our local arboretum yesterday, and as I walked in the gate, the assistant curator comes up to me and says “you’ll know… we have something strange under the microscope…”. He carried on talking, but I don’t know what he was saying… he had me at “under the microscope”. I can recall at some point he commented “you and I had very different upbringings”, and I recall talking about at least 10 different taxa that had some (at times obscure) connection to the Siphanta acuta egg mass that he had on the stage… And I was only going there to photograph plants!


… you watch a butterfly laying her eggs, carefully collect the eggs, watch the caterpillars grow and pupate, carefully register every step, and post it all on iNat. When suddenly diagnosed with a serious heart condition and scheduled for angioplasty in a few days, your main worry is if you’ll be able to see the butterflies emerge, and wonder if you could maybe reschedule the procedure, just to be sure.

(It all turned out well: 3 of 4 butterflies emerged right before the procedure, so I was able to register those. Oh, and yes, I’m fine now! :D )


I think I can safely say on behalf of the community, We’re so glad that you’re okay and the butterflies, well, we’re almost as happy about that too ;) !!!


Thank you!.. :blush: :grin:


…you don’t mind missing the bus, because it’s an excuse to iNat everything on the walk home


sounds like you need to do some Ethaning. (taking photos from vehicles when not the driver)


When eating at a restaurant, your having a mental debate about whether your wanting to see something to photograph or not.


… your friend notices a spider near you, and you immediately get out your phone camera.


… when you get fired from your job as a biologist because you were photographing too many organisms


Oh, dang… that’s not good. Do get an advocate to help you with that, as “social media addiction” is a new and not very well understood thing. Here in NZ at least, there has to be a fair process that provides reasonable opportunity to change inappropriate behaviours. My choice of words in this advice is likely poor, in that I don’t know the circumstances you are facing!

Oh, if you’re replying to me, I was just being facetious…


whew! I wonder if it does happen though :worried:

When you work at an eco-lodge and have this conversation during every check-in:

Guests: Umm…are there any…snakes here?

Me: Yea, but they’re pretty shy.

Guests: Oh, good-

Me: You have to be REALLY lucky to see one.

Guest: Uh…

Me: But if you do see any, call me immediately…
Guest: Oh, so you’ll ki-

Me: …because I need to photograph it.

Guests: …

Me: Thanks!

(And then you have to remember to be hospitable and nice when they inevitably do see a snake and don’t tell you until hours later.)


Following that up- when you find a spitting cobra in your toilet and have to beg the maintenance man NOT to remove it because you aren’t done observing it.


When you are preparing to move halfway across the country, ending a major stage of your life, and tying up a huge to-do list before leaving a very demanding job…but your main concern is that you won’t see all your target species before you leave.

And then… when people want to use your phone to take goodbye photos, you tell them they can’t because the memory is already full. You don’t mention it is full of 200 blurry photos of a pseudoscorpion you haven’t had a chance to sort through yet

When you want to cry thinking about all the ecologically-rich and under-observed places you visited before discovering iNat.


That iNat b&b rental would be a goldmine!

One adult, two nights, continental breakfast and extra bathroom snakes.


… when you run out of photo storage on your phone for the third time in one day!

… when you’re on a walk with friends and you see something and say, “I might as well iNat that while I’m here.”

… when you cancel Friday night plans just so you can find a Miller’s Myotis!

… when you ask your friend what bug we should find today.

… when I interrupt a conservation by naming the species and then proceed to document it.


… When you tell people “I just cleared 10,000 observations on iNat”, and people think you must be crazy!


You’re mad at yourself because you cooked the crabs before realizing they had Octolasmis barnacles on their gills that you hadn’t photographed


When your highlight of the year is reaching 1,000 Life List species.

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