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Submission + - Flickr photo leads to new insect discovery-> 1

rhettb writes: Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of lacewing insect after stumbling upon a series of photos posted on Flickr, according to a paper published in the journal ZooKeys. Entomologist Shaun Winterton first found evidence of the species when he randomly stumbled upon a set of photos posted by Hock Ping Guek, a Malaysian photographer. Winterton recognized the insect as a potentially new species, but needed to collect field specimen in order to formally describe it. About a year later, an individual was collected at the same site, enabling Winterton to write up the description in ZooKeys. Hock is a co-author on the paper.
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Flickr photo leads to new insect discovery

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  • Wow! Beautiful insect. I wonder how many other undiscovered insects could be found on Flickr. Maybe a good research project for entomologists?

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