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World map with countries shaded in blue according to a legend, with faint blue representing 1 and progressively darker shades representing 2-5, 6-10, 11-50, 50-200, and 201+. On the map, the United States and Spain are the darkest shades, closely followed by Canada, India, Russia, and much of Europe. Australia, South America, China, and South Africa are medium blue. Southern Afrida is lighter blue, while much of northern Africa is pale blue or white. Greenland and Antarctica are also white.

A clear bias exists in the origin of photos shared on online citizen-science observation websites such as iNaturalist, with greater representation of species from the Palearctic and Nearctic regions—in other words, primarily the northern hemisphere. This map charts the number of publications that used community-derived photographic data per country, as found in a review of 2,123 entomology-based publications that used community photographs and metadata from 77 online photo-sharing portals. (Figure originally published in Skvarla and Fisher 2023, Annals of the Entomological Society of America)

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