Matthew Connors Curator

Joined: Oct 06, 2017 Last Active: Feb 05, 2023 iNaturalist Australia

Alrighty, I'm back! I've got a bit more free time to try to catch up on some regular IDs, but it's always a tradeoff between identifying other sightings and trying to upload the enormous backlog of my own photos. Instead of doing bulk 'general IDs', I figure my limited time is better spent working out identification problems and resolving persistent misidentifications, so I think that will be what the majority of my time is spent on.

I am only just getting back to doing general IDs, so if you need an ID please tag me and I will see what I can do! I'll try to get back to you, although it may take a month or more (sorry!). But if you've tagged me, it will be bookmarked somewhere for when I get time.

Entomology student specialising in Australian mantises, but with a keen interest in all orthopteroid insects and of course all organisms! I used to post my own sightings on Bowerbird ( but now that the site is being shut down I've transferred them all over to iNat. I'm also woefully behind on sorting through all my photos, so most of my sightings will be at least two years old by the time I get to them! Follow me on Facebook for nature photography and entomological musings (

I currently do IDs for all the Mantodea of Oceania as well as for a variety of Australian taxa that are grouped together in this project. I'll get around to them all eventually but if I've missed one and you want an ID, please tag me!

I recently created a handy guide to help people identify the introduced South African Mantis (Miomantis caffra) in Australia that can be accessed here

I'll hopefully get around to all of the Australian Orthopteroids eventually, but in the meantime check out the project I've made for them:

Have a look at some of my favourite places here:

I often spend a lot of time trying to identify my sightings, so recently started adding all of my thought processes to sightings where I have put a lot of effort in. They should be pretty helpful for people who want to try to identify their own sightings. All are collected here.

Instructions for staff here

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