Jo Knight

Joined: Aug 31, 2023 Last Active: Jul 14, 2024 iNaturalist NZ

16 years old as of mid 2024.

I have always been interested in plants, in the summer of 2019 when I was 11 years old I found a coprosma shrub covered in berries, I wanted to know it they where edible I also wondered what other native plants where edible so I started searching the internet for native edible plants the only results I kept getting was herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley I knew those weren't native. I noticed one day that there was a book about native edible plants it was Andrew Crowes A Field Guide To New Zealand's Edible Native Plants. That Christmas I got that book along with two other books about native plants I read them all from one side to the other, since then I have gotten heaps more books, I've got some about ferns others on forest plants and others about alpine plants and many more. The more I learnt the more I wanted to know about the whole ecosystem I have a few books on New Zealand's insects, birds and reptiles.

I found inaturalist almost two years ago but I didn't know much about it until mid 2023, since have I started using inaturalist I have learnt so much more than I could've imagined thanks to all the amazing helpful people teaching, guiding and helping me along the way, thanks again to all Inatters out there for being an amazing community.

I have taken a recent interest in New Zealand's great diversity of insects (I’m particularly interested in Lepidoptera), for the last month and a half I have been trying to observe as many insect species as possible it usually takes me about a month more or less from observing a species to uploading it so I you may notice an increase in observations off insects soon.
In the last month I have also started raising caterpillars, while doing so I have been testing and documenting which host plant/plants each species prefers. (This paragraph was written on 29 of February 2024),

Some people may have noticed that I favourite a lot of observations especially my own, the reason I favourite a lot of obs I’d because I favourite every obs I want to come back to later.

Feel free to ask me questions about my observations.
If you want better photos of a certain insect, plant, fungi… just let me know what part you want better photos of even if it’s just a better photo of the whole specimen. If it is an animal of fungi I’ll get better photos of the part specified the next time I see it (the next time I see that species), for a plant in will try to get the better photos of the same plant observed the next chance I get to go to the location it was found.

SPECIES I WANT TO FIND:
Sarisa muriferata (Hook-tip Fern Looper)
New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae)
Bull kelp (Durvillaea poha)
Red admiral (Vanessa gonerilla gonerilla)
Mahoe striper moth (Feredayia graminosa)
Haloragis erecta cartilaginea
Fairy tern (Sternula nereis davisae)

All my photos for observations are taken with an iPhone although I do commonly attach a macro lens.

My profile picture is of me looking at the sori on a fern leaf.

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