Jamie McMillan

Amateur back-garden naturalist

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    Jamie McMillan commented on an older version of Image of Eilema complana and Eilema lurideolum:

    This is lurideola. The wings are not rolled at rest, and the yellow border gets narrow as it reaches the apex.

    about 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: I am a great capital letter fan and have tried to do this in my wildlife travel company http://www.naturalist.co.uk/ (just for ref -not and advert!). But several of my tour leaders are also journalists and it has taken a long time to persuade them to capitalise. My reasoning is that when someone writes 'I saw a little ringed plover' do they mean a small Greater Ringed Plover, a small Ringed Plover whose species they couldn't quite determine, or a species named Little Ringed Plover? Caps make it clear at once. The other big confusion that might have already been mentioned is hyphenation. A Great Crested Grebe means a large grebe with a crest. A Great-crested Grebe would mean a grebe of any size with a large crest. A Great Crested-grebe would mean a large species of a distinctive group of grebes, all with crests. Hope this helps.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Lithophane hepatica Clerck 1759":

    Synonym for L.socia. L.hepatica seems to be the preferred name in the UK.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Katja Schulz: Sorry Katya, missed your comment about which taxon I was commenting on (having added a wrong machine tag), and I have forgotten now! I thought I had solved the issue just by changing the machine tag. If I remember I'll check the images again.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Tholera decimalis Poda 1761":

    @Cyndy Parr: Yes, one of the great attractions of moth-ing in the Uk is the wonderful set of vernacular names thought up mainly by 18th century naturalists, and often based on the caterpillars, confusingly. Gothic and Feathered Gothic seem to be based on the 'gothic' architecture/arches they saw in the lines on the adult moth though.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Image of Melanchra persicariae":

    I am sure this is a Four-spotted moth. You can see the black and white underwings as well of this dayflying species. Dot moth is a noctuid and almost entirely nocturnal.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Image of Diarsia mendica":

    This is worn, but it looks like a Hebrew Character.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Euxoa tritici Linnaeus 1761":

    Euxoa nigrofusca is a synonym. There seem to be two separate entries for tritici and one for nigrofusca on EOL. Suggest all should be combined under nigrofusca

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Euxoa nigrofusca":

    Euxoa tritici is a synonym.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on an older version of Top view:

    Costa is curved about 2/3 way down, so I think this is Dingy Footman, E.griseola/griseolum.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on an older version of Eilema griseola:

    Wings 'rolled' at rest. otherwise like Eilema lurideola. E.griseola has much broader wings.

    over 1 year ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Thanks. Very clever harvester!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    I got a species name wrong and my photo has been imported into a taxon with the same error. I want to edit my own photos in this (the name) and take them out of the wrongly-named taxon. How do I do this?

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Bart C.: Still working on adding location data to my records in a form that can be imported into other databases. MapMate is the UK standard for doing this and is based on our OS National Grid, but can US or other databases import from MapMate? I am still not sure if MapMate works for locations outside the UK either.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on an older version of Ophrys creberrima.180406:

    I am not sure why this photo has appeared as a synonym for Ophrys lupercalis, except that both are sometimes treated as subspecies or forms of O.fusca. Ophrys lupercalis Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers, Naturalistes Belges 75(7 Suppl.): 373 (1994). Ophrys fusca subsp. lupercalis (Devillers-Tersch. & Devillers) Kreutz, Orchidee (Hamburg) 57: 101 (2006). Ophrys creberrima Paulus, J. Eur. Orch. 30: 168 (1998). Ophrys fusca subsp. creberrima (Paulus) H.Kretzschmar, Orchid. Kreta: 174 (2002). The Kew list has them both as O.fusca subsp. fusca., so perhaps neither has been split.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Alan Couch: Thanks, but I think it is a level or two higher than what I am after which is easy basic input of worldwide observations.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Robert Guralnick: Thanks. That was quick! I will have a look. I can send thousands of names and contact details in a mailshot to an online database so think I should be able to do the same somewhere with bio records.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "EOL Curators":

    Here is a very big question. I have wildlife records in text form from all over the world. Is there any website that would accept them as EXcel, CSV text or whatever, and is there a way of geotagging text records like this? Basically I would like to do what I am doing with my photos and EOL, but without the photos! And preferably not to have to enter each record manually!

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Sclerocona acutella":

    Sclerocona acutellus is a synonym.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Jamie McMillan commented on "Ephestia parasitella Staudinger, 1859":

    Current synonym is E.unicorella.

    almost 2 years ago