Andrea Wuenschel

Joined: Jul 18, 2014 Last Active: Sep 26, 2022 iNaturalist

Biologist, birder, & general naturalist in San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. Long-time eBird user...gotta step up my game with my plant and arthropod observations & post them on iNat!

Love the tiny guys! Having so much fun photographing & posting the macro world of mites, springtails, spiders, galls, mosses, liverworts, slimemolds, etc, with my Olympus Tough T-5!

I am always learning, so if anything is incorrect, I like to know and update observations accordingly. Also I appreciate any links to learn more about the identification of any species/genus/family. Thank you!

Favorite Project 1: Bird Food
(Post your observations of vertebrates, insects, berries, etc, being actively consumed by birds):
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=bird+food
Favorite Project 2: Fascinating Fasciation
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fascinating-fasciation
Favorite Project 3: Life in Cow Pats of the World
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/life-in-cow-pats-of-the-world

Helpful links for identification and characteristics:
Birds and Feathers:

USFWS Feather Identification website for North American birds (flight feathers):
https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/

Featherbase Feather Identification website (German, but has birds from all over the world):
https://www.featherbase.info/nb/home

Identification of North American birds photos of museum spread bird wings:
https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/biodiversity-resources/birds/wing-image-collection/

Arthropod ID:

Joyce Gross' California Gall ID:
https://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php

Nancy Asquith's California Galls: List of Host Plants with Links
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-plants-with-mystery-galls/journal/39523-california-galls-a-host-plant-list-with-links

California Scale insect Photos/ID:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7408.html

How to tell Caterpillars from Sawfly Larvae (Thank you @harsiparker!):
https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1355

Syrphidae fly ID:
https://sites.google.com/view/flyguide/species-guides/syrphidae

Moth ID--Pacific Northwest (Thank you @euproserpinus!):
http://pnwmoths.biol.wwu.edu/photographic-plates/

Spider Eye Arrangements for spider ID (Thank you @kschnei!):
https://bugguide.net/node/view/84423

New iNat blog post about crab ID characteristics (focuses on ghost crabs, but the features are applicable to photographing other crab species):
https://www.inaturalist.org/blog/44764-bridging-museum-characters-and-field-characters-a-case-study-in-ghost-crabs

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