Flickr photo hosting discovered a species of insects unknown to science

One time, California entomologist Sean Winterton stumbled on the Internet on unusual photos of a green lacewing - a small insect from the order of the retina. She had a characteristic dark pattern on the wings - Winterton had never seen anything like it before. As well as his colleagues to whom he sent a link to these photos.

Contacting the author of the photos, he found out that the photo was taken in the jungle of Malaysia by a photographer and tourist named Keck Hawk Ping. Unfortunately, at the end of the photo shoot, the insect flew away, but a year later Winterton received a letter from the photographer. It turned out that he had not forgotten about their conversation and, once again in the same locality, he caught an unusual lacewing.

The container with the insect was sent to the London Museum of Natural History, where another authoritative entomologist, Steve Brooks, confirmed the discovery of a new species and found a similar unidentified specimen that had been in the museum's storehouse for several decades. A new species was named Semachrysa jade.

Every minute, more than three thousand images are uploaded to Flickr servers, and publicly available digital cameras are of high enough quality to be able to examine any detail in great detail. And the final touch - Winterton, Ping and Brooks, located on three different continents, jointly worked on an article about opening the ZooKeys magazine using Google Docs. We live in an interesting time!

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Wikipedia article on Semachrysa jade .