A photograph posted by a hiker on Flickr has lead to a whole new species of insect being identified.
Shaun Winterton had been looking through photographs of bugs on Flickr when he came across a particularly unusual specimen, a green lacewing with markings that he'd never seen before. The photograph had been taken by Guek Hock Ping during a hiking trip to the jungles of Malaysia. "I sent the link to a few colleagues of mine," said Winterton. "They hadn't seen it either. And I realized: This thing's new."
Winterton immediately contacted Geuk Hock Ping to see if he had a specimen of the insect for him to examine. Unfortunately he didn't, but as luck would have it a year later Guek returned from another trip to Malaysia and this time he'd managed to capture one. The insect was later sent for study and has since been confirmed as a genuine new species.
"One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye."
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