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More favourites - early 2022

Exemplary - good photos, ID notes, interesting ‘extras’. Joy!

This one is a mystery and the possible explanation is in the linked observation of the Black Ant (comments)

Sometimes the old ones are the best! https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/491167/tiny-inverts-not-collembola
and, https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/261713/unidentified-

Plenty to please here (and i’m not suggesting this one just because i feature - honest!

As with many a dancefloor filling, s***-kicker tune, Steve provides a rock solid bassline (or rather, baseline) to begin with - it’s an informative yet concise post with good quality photos and delivered with an entertaining splash of humour.

A ‘backing band’ of reasoned text then supports his proposed id (which as Amadan points out, seems to be virtually essential for the troublesome ‘long-faced’ social wasp clan).

So already a post well qualified for inclusion here then. Yet it gets better still.

It’s also a great illustration, in my view, of the great value/benefit to be had from using the ‘comments box’.
In doing so here, some further very useful, ‘finer point’ id tips were teased out from a clearly knowledgeable source (ie Steve). These added extra value to the observation which potentially helps future users, and of course, had that bit of back and forth banter never taken place, then Steve’s additional insights would have remained hidden under a bushell (hopefully never Garry Bushell!).

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Good choice. Can be appreciated by those without any useful knowledge of hymenoptera (example: me) for its humour and skill.
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Possible competition: post from Steve today

Outstanding.

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I am not for a real Competition - not always the best photo of course
but an Observation of the Week, (chosen by Admin?) on the Home Page would be a good incentive.
For us users specially but also for Admin to get rid of last year’s faded information (chus sayin’).

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Yes, competition used loosely there, I’m not a fan of looking for ‘the best’, that’s why ‘favourite’ is good here I think. Not that that takes anything away from Steve’s inspiring posts. You are right, something that changes regularly grabs attention, lovely idea for the home page.

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