User talk:IvanTortuga

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Australian Lepidoptera[edit]

Nice job uploading tons of these... :-) Just wanna say thank you! --Olei (talk) 00:19, 25 December 2008 (UTC)


I just started a discussion of if Tibet is part of Central or East Asia here. Thought you might want to comment. --Keithonearth (talk) 02:37, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Arion image[edit]

Hello, I think that your photo File:Arion circumscriptus.jpg could be Arion subfuscus because it looks like Arion subfuscus at the first sight. The common colors of Arion circumscriptus are more in grey-blue, something like this [1]. Arion slugs are can very vary in colors, so your determination notes would be fine. You probably determined the image according to side stripe only. According to [2] it should be Arion subfuscus only, so I removed the image from article. Thank you for cooperation. Have a nice day. --Snek01 (talk) 10:40, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Category:Trees of Michigan[edit]

Hi, Ivan. I noticed you tagging a lot of plant pages with this category and I thought a discussion of the proper use of such categories might be helpful. Generally, these categories exclude non-native or invasive species. Also, species that are used as ornamentals and aren't native in that state or region are usually excluded. Finally, you might want to be careful not to place the category on native species articles when they already have a category for a much larger region, e.g. Category:Trees of Northeastern United States (which really should be renamed to include the article "the"; and is Michigan really considered to be "Northeastern"?) - the addition of the trees of Michigan category can be seen as redundant. Hope that helps! If you want to bring this to a larger audience, a good place to start a discussion would be at WT:PLANTS. Cheers, Rkitko (talk) 22:42, 29 January 2009 (UTC)


Hi Ivan: I am the Professor in charge of the Educational Project dealing with insects. The students are just getting the hang of the protocols of using wiki and may transgress, like putting up empty categories. Yes, they could use a sandbox but we decided that this was too cumbersome for the short duration of this project -- 2 weeks! And the intention of the Education Project banner on the Discussion page was to disuade people (like you) from editing the students work -- or filling out the entire page for that matter. We created the Gryllus pennsylvanicus for the students to work on but now you have effectively undercut this. I may have to find them a new species to work on. I am sure you have better things to do that interfere with student projects. I am not sure if this is the right place to chat about this with you. Feel free to contact me off-wiki at


Chris Darling —Preceding unsigned comment added by EEB356Prof (talkcontribs) 12:59, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Hemaris diffinis[edit]

Hey, you removed the gallery under Hemaris diffinis sourcing gallery-cleanup as reasoning for this. The best I can find after searching is the talk page ( with a little discussion of the confusion of the policy, and that links to the Wikipedia:Image_use_policy#Image_galleries which states that galleries that add encyclopedic info should be retained. I would argue that curated insects greatly add to the page for a number of reasons:

  • They provide a high resolution dorsal view image of the species in question
  • The image of multiple specimens shows variation within the species, allowing people to view how the species may not be static, and whether the insect they may have found in their yard is similar to any of the phenotypes
  • I've added larval instar pictures of other Lepidoptera, and would do the same to this species if given the chance, allowing people to see the changes in the caterpillar and visual identification

I'd like to revert your edit, but I wanted to confirm with you and find out if there is there a policy that I am not aware of. ----Kugamazog (talk) 21:41, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


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Guess what? You've been on Wikipedia exactly two years today! Thanks for all you've done around here, and all you continue to do. All the best, – Quadell (talk) 20:33, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

A long-deserved barnstar[edit]

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For User:IvanTortuga who has contributed greatly to Wikiproject Lepidoptera especially the grnut work.

AshLin (talk) 09:39, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

You classified hundreds of Lepidoptera articles. I had not forgotten. A most well-deserved barnstar. AshLin (talk) 16:08, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Gastropod article Planogyra asteriscus[edit]

You made this very nice little article a year ago, but I just now discovered it and wanted to thank you very much for contributing to WikiProject Gastropods! I figure you like Lepidoptera better than Gastropoda, but I guess it doesn't hurt to offer you this invitation:

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I've noticed your edits on pages relating to Gastropods; perhaps you'd be interested in joining WikiProject Gastropods?
If you would like more information, please visit the project page or the project talk page.

Very best wishes, Invertzoo (talk) 15:49, 19 September 2009 (UTC)


Heya! Welcome to project gastropods, Ivan. Good to have you on board! If you need any help, please let me know. Best wishes! --Daniel Cavallari (talk) 23:13, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Same here Ivan, thanks for signing up! I am ready to answer any questions or comments that you might have. Invertzoo (talk) 15:36, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Yor imajes ujed![edit]

Hi Ivan,

Two of your images used in part ;-) here -

Never thought they would be used like this, heh?

AshLin (talk) 19:27, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Ivan, saw your edits/italics/talk on many articles. Keep up the good work! AshLin (talk) 09:13, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Amphibians and Reptiles needs you![edit]

Ahoy there! We're conducting our annual purge of the participants list for WikiProject Amphibians and Reptiles, in an effort to make sure our members stay current with events at the WikiProject. If you would like to renew your participation with the WikiProject, simply drop by the participants list and re-add your name to the list in alphabetical order using the following format: {{user|YOUR USERNAME HERE}}. Also feel free to add your specialties or points of interest. If you don't have the time or don't feel like rejoining, then ignore this request; you can rejoin at any time you'd like. Cheers, bibliomaniac15 00:13, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Dianthus alpinus photo[edit]

Thanks for the

nice photo

you uploaded! I'll be using it in the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture article I'm busy reworking. What prompted me to post a note here was that I noticed you're going to school at Northern - and I live in Hancock/Houghton! Small world, eh? --Saukkomies talk 04:26, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Copyvio notice[edit]

Please see your Commons talk page for details. Imzadi1979 (talk) 21:54, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Project Gastropods[edit]

Hi IvanTortuga, I do remember that you just joined our project a couple of months ago, so forgive me if this is a silly question. I am attempting to update our member's list I am checking with everyone, so I just dropped in to see if you consider yourself to be still active in WikiProject Gastropods? Thanks so much and best wishes, Invertzoo (talk) 23:00, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply note. Good luck with college! We will be happy to see your gastropod edits whenever you get a bit of free time. If it all gets to be too much at any point, do feel free to remove yourself from the list. You can always add yourself back on later on if you want to. Best wishes, Invertzoo (talk) 23:23, 4 February 2010 (UTC)


Hi, the unidentified species is: C. glaucofrenum (see. Burgess (1990) Atlas marine fishes)-- (talk) 10:22, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Misidentification of File:Veronica hederifolia.jpg[edit]

Dear IvanTortuga:

I recategorized your image to the "Unidentified Veronica" category because it does not show Veronica hederifolia. This might be Veronica polita, but I am not sure. Is there any checklist for Veronica species in Michigan which is accessible on the web? -- Robert Flogaus-Faust (talk) 22:41, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi Ivan, thanks for your answer on my talk page. I added a note on User talk:Robert Flogaus-Faust --Robert Flogaus-Faust (talk) 08:43, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

You are now a Reviewer[edit]

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Hello. Your account has been granted the "reviewer" userright, allowing you to review other users' edits on certain flagged pages. Pending changes, also known as flagged protection, will be commencing a two-month trial at approximately 23:00, 2010 June 15 (UTC).

Reviewers can review edits made by users who are not autoconfirmed to articles placed under flagged protection. Flagged protection is applied to only a small number of articles, similarly to how semi-protection is applied but in a more controlled way for the trial.

When reviewing, edits should be accepted if they are not obvious vandalism or BLP violations, and not clearly problematic in light of the reason given for protection (see Wikipedia:Reviewing process). More detailed documentation and guidelines can be found here.

If you do not want this userright, you may ask any administrator to remove it for you at any time. Courcelles (talk) 04:48, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Poplar Admiral[edit]

Hi, as I have changed nearly everything on that page, do you still flag the page with "Start-Class" and "Low-importance" ? Cordially. Jacqueshb (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:32, 9 December 2010 (UTC).

WikiProject Amphibians and Reptiles assessment drive[edit]

At WikiProject Amphibians and Reptiles, in which you are listed as a member, we're working on a pretty massive backlog (1000+ articles!) of unassessed articles. We would appreciate it greatly if you would help assess the articles in the link. It's simple to do!

  1. Read over the article.
  2. On the discussion page, look for the {{AARTalk}} template. Add in a "class" and "importance" parameter if the template does not have them already. Example: {{AARTalk|class= |importance= }}
  3. For the class, fill in the article's quality using the WikiProject's quality scale: stub, start, C, B, GA, A, or FA. Most unassessed articles will probably be stubs or start class articles, and definitely B or lower.
  4. For the importance, fill in the article's importance to the WikiProject using the importance scale: low, mid, high, or top. Most unassessed articles will probably be low or mid importance.
  5. Then you're done!

It's not a difficult task, but there's a lot to get done. Our hope is that we can chip through the backlog and assess every article within the auspices of the project. Thanks, bibliomaniac15 00:31, 12 January 2011 (UTC)


Just wanted to say "thank you!" for your cool photos on Commons. Dysmorodrepanis (talk) 05:29, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to help assess Wikipedia:WikiProject Gastropods[edit]

Hi. I am inviting members of some WikiProjects to take part in evaluating their projects in order to help the Wikimedia Foundation better understand such projects from the inside, to encourage reflection on best practices, and to compile a list of best practices as recommended by a number of projects. I am contacting you because you are listed as an active member of Wikipedia:WikiProject Gastropods. Having witnessed that project's work in the past in my volunteer capacity, I'd very much like to include it. I hope that you will have time and interest in participating. As much or as little as you would like to supply would be gratefully received. The assessment questions are posted at Wikipedia:WikiProject Gastropods/Self-assessment. I will myself steer clear of the page until after any discussion seems to have become dormant, at which point I will ask questions to make sure that I am developing a good overview of opinions. Thanks. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 13:06, 7 September 2011 (UTC)


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WP Lepidoptera in the Signpost[edit]

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Lepidoptera for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions, so be sure to sign your answers. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Have a great day. -Mabeenot (talk) 05:12, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Science lovers wanted![edit]

Science lovers wanted!
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Hi! I'm serving as the wikipedian-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution Archives until June! One of my goals as resident, is to work with Wikipedians and staff to improve content on Wikipedia about people who have collections held in the Archives - most of these are scientists who held roles within the Smithsonian and/or federal government. I thought you might like to participate since you are interested in the sciences! Sign up to participate here and dive into articles needing expansion and creation on our to-do list. Feel free to make a request for images or materials at the request page, and of course, if you share your successes at the outcomes page you will receive the SIA barnstar! Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to your participation! Sarah (talk) 01:37, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate misspelled article[edit]

Hello. I've marked the article Gratopsaltria nigrofuscata for speedy deletion as it seems to be a misspelling of the existing article Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata.-- OBSIDIANSOUL 16:42, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

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