I've been around BugGuide for a few years now, I've learned to take much better pictures than my camera wants to let me, I've started my own bug picture website (aimed at grownup kids like me who think bugs are neat), but I am hopelessly ignorant when it comes to identifying bugs.
I'm not presuming to be capable of offering help that the BugGuide could use, but I am interested in getting that much better.
Are there any tips on how to be "less useless" when submitting pictures to the guide? Is there any kind of FAQ that intermediate-level amateurs like me could use to be more helpful? For example, in the past week I have learned that you have to take a picture of a wasp's face so the expert can tell if it's a queen, and Keith Bayless says to get pictures of the "anal region of the wing" for him to be able to confidently ID fannia canicularis.
I don't know where, or even specifically what, the anal region of the wing is, so I realize that the appropriate response might well be, "Umm, call us when you've got your entomology degree, kid." You might already have all the help you need and just need the eager-but-inept to stay out of your way. I take absolutely no offense if you do. I'm just realizing that I'm submitting pictures at or near guide quality, and would love to be able to help if I can.
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