Frequently Asked Questions: BugFilesGeneral Questions
- Do I have to subscribe to Dave's Garden to use this feature?
- How do I add a new bug?
- How do I add an image to BugFiles?
- I have information about a bug to share!
- I need help identifying a bug
- Can I use images from BugFiles?
- Why should I add information or my images to BugFiles?
- What do the green stars, red x's and yellow flags mean?
- I think this bug image or info is wrong
- I've read these FAQs, but I still have a question
You can even remain completely anonymous while you search for bugs and read the coments that others have submitted. However, to add a photo or comment, you must register a free username, which allows you to have a unique identity on our site while safeguarding your email address.
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- Click on the "Add a new bug to the list" link (above the current images and comments on the homepage.)
in all the appropriate fields. Common names should be capitalized as
proper names ("Gypsy Moth" for example), as are the family and genus
name. Species names are not capitalized.
- After you press "submit" you'll have the option to go to your new entry and submit image(s) and a comment if you wish.
Note: BugFiles is designed to be a user-friendly compendium of entomological information, covering true bugs, arachnids, as well as other insects commonly called "bugs". It is created through the efforts of naturalists from around the world who volunteer their time, images and information.
Our goal is to provide accurate information, but we are not entomologists. If you are seeking professional guidance or advice, we encourage you to contact your local university's entomology department or your extension agency (if one is available in your locale.) Back to the topcreate a user name and log in. Once you've done that, you can:
- Select your watermark preference or allow the system to select the "default" watermark (the most commonly-seen watermark on the BugFiles images);
- Access the correct entry and scroll down past the images and comments until you see "Add an image"
on the "browse" button. This will open up a new window displaying your
hard drive. Locate your image you wish to upload, then press
- Read the disclaimer and check or uncheck the box as fits your circumstances.
a brief caption to note the season and/or location, or any other
relevant information abou tthe bug. (Lengthy or detailed information
should be added separately as a comment.)
- Preview your image.
- If you're happy with the entry, press "Submit".
- IMPORTANT: Wait until you receive a message that your message was succesfully uploaded before using your browser's back/forward buttons or closing the page. If you don't wait for this message, the image will probably not load properly.
Here are some tips for adding images successfully and easily:
recommend a standard image size of 640x480 pixels, and no larger than
800x600. You do not need to upload a thumbnail size image; our
system will automatically create the thumbnail image.
- Images that are saved as a .gif may take a while to load, especially if they're larger than 1MB; if you're on a slower connection, you may want to save it as a .jpg which will reduce the file size and reduce the wait time.
To add a comment, you'll find a link to do so beneath the entry and any other comments that have been posted. If you don't see these links, you'll need to create a free member ID or log in if you've already completed the signup process. If you need further assistance, please let us know. Back to the top
The good news is we offer a Bug Identification forum where our members provide their expertise on images and descriptions submitted. Typically, items are positively identified within a day or two of submission.
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1. What you know helps others - whether they're trying to identify a mystery pest, or deciding if a bug is a friend or foe. BugFiles is a vibrant, growing database because hundreds of naturalists generously share their experience, information and photos for the benefit of others.
2. Your images receive public exposure, and may even be requested for commercial use elsewhere. Several textbook and gardening magazine editors frequently browse through our databases for images. We help them contact members to negotiate for the use of an image in books or upcoming articles.
3. It's fun to see your submissions appear in the daily newsletter, and become an integral part of BugFiles. Back to the top
: Good rating. This bug has received more positive feedbacks than negative.
: Neutral rating. This bug has received ratings, but they have all been neutral, or there are as many positive ratings as negative.
: Negative rating. This bug has received more negative ratings than positive.
Let our BugFiles administrators know, and they'll be happy to watch the thread for the ensuing discussion, and move the photo when a firm ID is established. Back to the topBugFiles discussion forum which is accessible to all registered users. (Need to register? Go here - it's free and easy!)
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