In a moment of madness, I've decided to embark on a project to (eventually) produce some sort of identification guide to juvenile chrysomelids - eggs, larvae and pupae.
The first step is the creation of a spreadsheet covering
what is known/published for each species on the British list so that I
can see where the genuine gaps in our knowledge lie. I have a draft of this spreadsheet and what I'm after is feedback to see
what I've missed -
presumably some stages/species are covered in publications, grey
literature, theses etc that I've not managed to find, as well as
observations that have not been written up in keys or formal
descriptions. Some blanks could be filled in with a fair level of
e.g. more 'earthen cells' for pupal location, but I've erred on the side
caution and left blanks where there's no published (or directly
observed) confirmation I know of. There's also a list of all the references I've found so far.
Interested? want to help?
If you'd like to check the spreadsheet and see if there's anything you could add to it, please get in touch so I can email it to you. Then simply send any additions to me citing the cell number in the spreadsheet where it should go.
I hope that all makes sense and look forward to seeing what I've missed - I suspect this is going to be a long project...
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