Igor Balashov Curator

Joined: May 21, 2020 Last Active: Sep 24, 2022 iNaturalist

Zoologist from Ukraine, competent in terrestrial molluscs of Europe and North Asia.

What I like the most about iN is its application for the phone that allows anyone to document nature easily at the scientific value level (with auto-detected coordinates and date). So this is what I'm mainly uploading here: photos from my phone taken directly through the iN app, not serious photos and not necessary good photos, but photos that only intended to demonstrate the organism's characters required for the identification. Though I also like to "collect" taxa. My phone is Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (till March 2021 - Xiaomi Redmi 3S), often with a cheap macro lens (iLens clip). Also have Canon A650 and Nikon D7100 (macro lens only), but not using them often to upload something here.

What I don't like is when people are adding observations without precise coordinates. Please try to indicate coordinates with accuracy at least within 100 m when possible and make sure that it's correct and will not mislead someone later. Your observations could be interesting for the scientists and it's possible that someone will be trying to rediscover some species following your observations or will even use your observations in some sort of study.

Thanks to iN I've become fascinated with 3 very different groups of organisms that I was nearly ignoring earlier: lichens, leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and leaf miners (mostly moths and flies-agromyzids). While I'm at a very basic level of identifying first two groups, I'm trying to ID leaf mines more seriously using the keys and descriptions from bladmineerders.nl (same with galls), but of course it's still at an amateur level, nowhere near to be an expert in this.

iN project on terrestrial molluscs of Ukraine

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