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Flickr photo leads to new insect discovery

rhettb (1067382) writes | more than 2 years ago

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rhettb (1067382) writes "Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of lacewing insect after stumbling upon a series of photos posted on Flickr, according to a paper published in the journal ZooKeys. Entomologist Shaun Winterton first found evidence of the species when he randomly stumbled upon a set of photos posted by Hock Ping Guek, a Malaysian photographer. Winterton recognized the insect as a potentially new species, but needed to collect field specimen in order to formally describe it. About a year later, an individual was collected at the same site, enabling Winterton to write up the description in ZooKeys. Hock is a co-author on the paper."
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Flickr makes good (1)

roat35 (1912374) | more than 2 years ago | (#40933745)

Wow! Beautiful insect. I wonder how many other undiscovered insects could be found on Flickr. Maybe a good research project for entomologists?
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