Everything is getting specialized...

February 24, 2007

Here’s an email from one of the egroups I belong to:

“We have the following groups in DiversityIndia. Please become members of respective groups and send emails in right groups for better responses.

Invertebrates of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InvertebrateIndia/ Insects of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InsectIndia/ Butterflies in Indian Region http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ButterflyIndia/ Indian Moths http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianmoths Dragonflies and Damselflies of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DragonflyIndia Spiders of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpiderIndia Wild Flowers India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WildFlowerIndia Reptiles of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReptileIndia Amphibians of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmphibianIndia

Avoid cross posting unless the emails are of common interest to more than one groups.”

Oh my goodness. What am I supposed to do if I don’t know if what I have seen is a butterfly or a moth? Can both of these not be posted to insectindia? Thank goodness there is only one egroup for dragonflies and damselflies, as I have no clue what a damselfly is (except that I think that many damsels turn into dragons later.) I happen to know that there are other insects that mimic spiders…now where should I post emails about those?

Very soon I am sure there are going to be specific egroups for, say, left-handed toads, or red-coloured five-petalled wildflowers, or birds spotted only in South Bangalore…and of course cross-posting NOT allowed…

Thank goodness for sites like India Nature Watch which has all these categories in one, AND includes landscape also as part of Nature..

I am a “generalist” whether it’s insects or birds or trees or mammals or reptiles, they all fascinate me….and sadly, the world is getting more compartmentalized…if I have a sinus ailment, I will have to go to a different doctor if it is the left nostril and a different one if it is the right..and yet a third one if BOTH nostrils are blocked…