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Yellow Damsel From Alabama - Ischnura hastata - male

Yellow Damsel From Alabama - Ischnura hastata - Male
Daphne (Village Point Park), Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
September 2, 2008
This is not a good photo as I have a hard time auto-focusing (point'n'shoot) on something this tiny. However, Alabama has not been represented since May. This is the my first citrine forktail, so will appreciate help with sex. thanks.

Your image remark was a great opening,
we had to erase our first six comments!!
This is a male. The females are very differently colored
immature female - ; mature female -

I'm glad I now know male from female citrine Forktail. Unfortunately, you've redirected my interest in what wasn't said :(

My opinion...
FWIW; I would post an image that is less than even "ok looking" for help on I.D. or additional info but I would frass afterward, unless it was something someone requested not to frass for some reason or another. Trust me, I have had quite a few images that don't even make the cut to stay on my hard drive, let alone get posted. Just keep at it, improve your technique (and equipment as funds are available) and you will get a better shot that would be more complimentary to the guide. It is your image though, and if you would like it to stay, don't let me sway your decision, but there have only been 941 posts from all of Alabama since the inception of BugGuide so chances are that you will have the opportunity to post this shot again some other time. Please just take this as constructive criticism and not a bashing. Also, I'm really only talking about this image, not all of your images as I'm quite jealous of your Rainbow Scarab (Phanaeus vindex) recently posted. I've yet to come across one. :)

Better Shot
I happened across another male, today. I tried focusing on the stalk instead of the damsel, stopping down to conpensate for the difference in planes. Thanks again for your help.

Data Collection
I was curious about the data collection process. Once an ID is verified, is the species/location added to the distribution database? When I frass this, will the sighting remain in the database? Additionally, I have noticed the distribution map is not weighted. Some bird distribution maps indicate sighting locations, as shore bird distribution would be dense in South Alabama than North Alabama. The more I know about the data collection and data application process, the better I can serve the bug world. Thanks for your help.

No, if you frass the image
the data point is gone. We like the idea of somehow indicating that multiple images have been posted. Maybe Mike Boone can figure out how to change the Data page to accomplish that.
You will get both opposing pieces of advice from different folks here at BugGuide. Some will tell you to keep any image as long as the data point is new because images can always be frassed later when better images are posted. We would say frass it now so people with better images see that one is needed. We worry that someone with a good image will see that the data point already exists and will just decide not to post their image since BugGuide already has one. The choice is yours. Do as you think best. You will be supported whichever choice you make.

With the bugguide method, there less chance of data duplication, as with ten different bird subscribers each reporting having seen 10 yellow-billed cuckoo in the same location. All data collection requires some finagling.

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