September 10, 2012 8:27 am
I wonder if you would mind if I “try to” open an identification blog here in Brazil. I’m sure that many people would never send you a request for identification, simply because they don’t know any English. On my other blog I have many visits which I see by Feedjit who came looking for “Is the jewel wasp dangerous to humans?” or “garden spiders”. I also have many contacts on Flickr that occasionally take pictures and I give them an identification. The most interesting pictures, I could ask them if they would like to send it to you.
Another reason that makes me want to do this, is that here there is no good source for identification, any site that tries to bring together in one place our species, and it’s a real loss because our fauna is very rich.
I promise I’ll try not to make mistakes in identifications, reaching only to the family or order in case of doubt, that would be a detriment, I know that misidentifications can become a snowball of mistakes. (Sorry if this is a duplicate message).
Signature: Cesar Crash
We think your idea is a marvelous one, but we are confused as to why you would request our permission. We are not internet fascists. We believe in the rights of free speech and freedom of the press, and to that end, we welcome more resources on the internet. We have noticed that reputable Brazilian identification websites are noticeably absent on the internet. We already receive more mail than we can respond to so we cannot promise that any requests that come our way will get identified or published.
Well, it’s not like a permission, I just wanted your opinion about this, my idea is not something like a “What’s that bug Brazil” (Whahaha) or something, but it’s really inspired in your job. I’ll tell many people about this project such as Enio Branco http://www.flickr.com/photos/brutamonte/ (that “Brutamonte” of Ampulex compressa) they might help, because I’m not that good with identification, he’s much better than me, and we can start to make this.
Friday was our Independance Day, so when I turned on the computer today WTB page was on the browser with the message written ready to send, then I was in doubt if I sent Thursday, and I sent it again, now I saw on my e-mail box that I recieved the confirmation.
Today night I’ll upload my images and ask them for some pictures.
Many thanks for the answer!
Good Luck with the Blog Cesar.
Update from Cesar: October 8, 2012
Well, I think it’s not that ready, but here is the link: http://insetologia.blogspot.com.br/
Though we don’t understand Portuguese, your blog is very nice. Considering the wealth of wildlife in Brazil, there is a dearth of internet information. Your blog will fill an important niche and we hope you are able to sustain it into the future.