I worked out a naming convention that suits me but I'd love to be able to shorten the name files while still capturing the information.  Storing the files is basically like a file cabinet.


Naming convention


Starts with the Host for everything but the insects/arthropods or insect if it is an insect or arthropod


Host-pest-location-date (Year-MO-Da)-my initials or photographer-original number given by the camera.





Filing -



        Silver_spotted Tiger



        Douglas fir






    Groundcovers (includes grass)



I'm sure there are wonderful new ways to do this so I'm looking forward to how others name photos and file them.




Sharon J. Collman

Horticulture and IPM Educator

WSU Snohomish County Extension

600 128th St SE, Everet, WA 98208

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Subject: data on insect photos

Hello All,     

A friend who is an accomplished photographer, Adrian Thysse, has just written a blog on the kinds of data that may be added to photos of specimens, with particular reference to insects:

He is especially interested to get feedback on his suggestions for a methodology for image file labelling and metadata use for photographers. 

What are other people on the ECN list doing to label your image files?

-  Felix

Felix Sperling, Professor
Curator, Strickland Museum of Entomology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta   T6G 2E9   Canada