Bill Reynolds had an interesting idea, and I had a similar thought previously as well. Perhaps for the Periodical Cicadas, Magicicada
, we could file images under guides for each brood in addition to, or instead of, species. We have some images identified to species already, and I'm about to add some more of M. tredecim, but many images can't be identified easily to species. (The brood is usually clear, however.) I guess brood guide pages would be no-taxon nodes under the genus level.
What do people think? We have done similar things previously for groups of similar-looking images, for instance with some groups of Chrysomelids. In this case, however, there is a particular interest in the assignment of images to particular broods, irrespective of the ID issues.
The only slight complication I see is that some images will be assignable to species and
to brood. An editor can add thumbnails to a guide page as a cross-reference, but there is no easy way classify an image in two places in the hierarchy. (This is where I wish BugGuide had a category tree as does Wikipedia, where articles can be assigned to multiple places in a hierarchy--of course, there is a danger of a mess!)
One idea to solve this is to simply encourage people to upload a duplicate image where both species and brood are known--that would not actually be that many images. I think Magicicada
is a (nearly) unique case where this sort of thing would be useful.
Here's an example of what I'm saying. Kim's image from SC shows what is clearly M. tredecim, but it is also a member of brood XIX, and I have a photos of what is clearly M. tredecassini of the same brood:
But this photo is likely not assignable to species, though we know it is brood XIX:
It would be nice to have the first two photos appear under a brood XIX node, as well as under their respective species. Duplicate images would accomplish this, but I can't think of any other way.
And of course, while I'm dreaming, it would be really cool if the data tab could be made to display the month and
year in this case. That would allow us to show the broods by year as well as location.