You know you're seriously into iNat when

When you’ve made probably 90% of the observations in your neighborhood as well as maybe 70% in the several trails, neighborhood blocks, and parks surrounding it.
And when you are the top (and almost the only) observer at several city parks in your area.

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…you have the most observations, species, and IDs of a large group (springtails).

…you find 100 iNat firsts

…you make over 1000 observations in a day (so far only once)

…you don’t let constant torrential rain stop you from making your daily observations

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I did that accidentally once, when a bright blue mosquito landed on my arm and I thought it was a wasp and started photographing it. Then I saw a little blood in its belly later and freaked out. Flew away before I could do anything. Now finding the photo to upload ( forgot to ). :laughing:

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Yes, don’t let your brave sacrifice have been in vain; it was already in vein. :crazy_face:

Though if you can’t find the photo, you’ll have something for the thread on worst iNat experiences

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The original poster awards you extra points for a puntastic contribution to the thread (disclaimer: that’s not an actual thing)

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But it should be!

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…you take a picture of a small and unidentifiable bug, then dream that you went on iNat to find out what it was. You find the species (the photo being exactly the one you took) and post the observation, then wake up and wish you could remember what it was called.

This actually happened to me, and the bug in question is this one: inaturalist.org/observations/53965441

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Wha… :open_mouth:

Btw, I think my day record is like 128 and that was last week. :laughing:

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Wow, congratulations.

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…the only thing that’s stopping you from taking a photo of every single organism that you encounter is your camera battery.

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…you make it your personal goal to identify every single Unknown observation on iNat. (Yes, I know it’s impossible. But I’m trying!)

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Maybe not as extreme as you guys (so far), but…
…you now always bring a phone and macro lens when going outside,

Earlier today I had to cut off a branch from a tree in front of my house because it was starting to block the driveway, and I ended up examining every branch for spiders and stuff. Got ants all over my arm in the process, but I’ve gained the ability to ignore them.

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Sounds like you’re well on your way though!!! ;)

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You enjoy reading your new information cards about insects only about five a day and look at a striped stink bug on the card… and think…
“Oh wow!!! Have never seen that before…”
…just an hour later you have a closer look what to find in your garden, like nearly every day… and often more then one time…and then… there it is!!!
The European striped stinkbug ,fully grown up and beautifuly sitting on a leave of a Bush!!

Just happened to me…
So you know, who is over the moon cause of a stinkbug today… ^^

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I’m happy just hearing about your discovery.

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Mine is in the 200-300 range I think. On camping trips.

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… when this conversation occurs…

  • Friend: If he bites and you scream, why are holding it?
  • Me: You’ll do anything for science…

This statement mostly pertains to Tettigoniinae.

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… you endure the hailstorm of spittlebug nymphs to photograph moths in the night.

They are attracted to light just like moths, so I put a plastic sheet out there to find out how many were there (because they are everywhere). It sounded like rain on that plastic sheet, there were at least a hundred landing every minute. I have a cute photograph of a Leafroller Moth that tolerated the spittlebugs. Most of the bigger moths didn’t tolerate spittlebugs on or around them, especially this Tolype Moth which used it’s wings like a catapult and shot those spittlebugs far away from it.

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That would be a fun gif.

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When ya allow spiders found in the house to crawl on your hands/arms (after ascertaining that they don’t pose a serious threat) and photograph them then continue to admire them before releasing them outside despite your families screams of terror and wishes of death.

Oh and when ya inat the dead insects caused by lights on the back porch.

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