Daniel McClosky Curator

Joined: Jan 30, 2018 Last Active: Jul 15, 2024 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since July 2021

Leaf Bunch Galls on Goldenrods - ID Guide:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/ddennism/68147-goldenrod-leaf-bunch-galls

Stem Galls on Goldenrods (emphasis on moths):
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/ddennism/82262-stem-galls-on-goldenrods-and-friends-gnorimoschema-moth-galls

Catalog of all Insect Galls on Goldenrods:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/ddennism/28052-goldenrod-galls


Please try to emphasize observable features of the specimen when making an identification - especially when disagreeing.

"It looks more like X to me." This is rarely helpful - offer evidence, not a foregone conclusion. What's obvious to you may not be obvious to others. And what's obvious to you could still be wrong.

"Y is not already known from this region." This is not a compelling reason to disagree with someone's ID of Y. Animals move, spores blow, and seeds travel. Nature doesn't read the published range maps. Neither do gardeners, guerilla-gardeners, construction crews, and released pets. Location is a clue, not proof. And besides, iNaturalist provides evidence-of-presence data. It can be dangerously circular to use location as part of that evidence.

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