Shaun Winterton, an entomologist, was browsing the web looking at pictures of bugs, and found a new species of lacewing on Flickr.
The moral of the story? The world is full of potential naturalists, Winterton says. More and more people using high-quality cameras that capture the kind of detail scientists need for identification, and they are sharing these photos online.
“There’s thousands of images a minute uploaded on Flickr,” he says. “I think there are many more discoveries forthcoming, particularly as more people are getting out into the field.”
Kind of an ugly looking bug, but I’m sure there’s someone out that would fed him honey and nightshade, keep him warm…love him…