Thanks for your advice previously. I have created the Project https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/789191/trichoptera-of-the-british-isles
My intention is to review, if possible, all previous observations, as well as keeping track of new incoming ones.I suppose it’s not really a Project per se, merely a convenient way for me to collect and manage the caddis observations on iSpot.
Anyway, my question is whether I might be entrusted with some kind of - I don’t want to say power or authority but - ability to make identifications stick when I change them from generic caddisfly to a family or genus or species. If I don’t have that ability, then either someone with authority has to hoover up the new IDs behind me and agree them, or they remain with the previous non-specific IDs.
I am not a Dr Ian Wallace or a Dr Jim O’Connor; I will make occasional mistakes. I am cautious, however, and if I am not sure I’ll say so. Is it not better to have some attempt at a positive ID than to let an observation languish unidentified to species level?
Here are some example re-IDs to species level from recent days:
And to genus:
And to family:
What do you think?