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Finding Images in IPM Images


Locating Images

There are several pathways/methods that can be used to locate desired images/photographs, and three major issues that you need to remember as you try to locate images in IPM Images.

First: IPM Images database is A DAMAGE AND MANAGEMENT ORIENTED SYSTEM,
Second: IPM Images' primary focus is AGRICULTURE, and
Third: IPM Images is an IMAGE-BASED system.

Each image in IPM Images is classified according to our perception of WHY THE PHOTOGRAPHER TOOK THE PHOTOGRAPH, although many photographs may illustrate more than one thing. We realize that it is possible to classify a particular image in a number of different ways using different criteria. We have categorized every image according to a set of classification criteria that we have evolved in working with these images, and tried to provide a set of logical search criteria to enable our users to locate desired images. We ask you to keep this in mind as you locate the images you are looking for, and do not criticize us too severely for our simplistic and biased view. We are, of course, open to suggestions for improvements. However, we ask that you attempt to utilize the system and breakouts that we have developed first.

For example, a photograph of a forest tent caterpillar larva feeding on an oak leaf: We would classify the image as: A Foliage Feeding Insect, and list it under the primary breakout of forest pest on hardwood, and also we might also, perhaps co-list it as a Foliage Feeding Insect on Ornamental Trees. Others might choose to categorize it under a different group, perhaps as a Defoliating Insect. There can be much debate on the actual names and breakouts of these groupings/categorizations. We chose to use the USDA Forest Service Plot-trend Impact System (PTIPS), (Now evolved into the FSVEG system) as the basic framework upon which we evolved and developed our classification scheme.

This particular forest tent caterpillar photograph might also show the urediniospores of fusiform rust on the oak leaf as well as the leaf profile of the particular oak species upon which the caterpillar is on. Our interpretation would be that the photograph was taken to illustrate the larva, and we probably would not include the latter two features as part of the image classification. However, we may note that it was feeding on the particular oak species, if known, and that urediniospores were visible in the photograph.

Additional Search Features:

Search and Advanced Search: The Search option allows "free-form" word searches. This search will search ALL fields for a particular work or set of words that you type in, including those in the "Comments" section of the individual image record. As a follow-up to the example discussed above: if the Comments section for the image contained the text string urediniospores, and the user typed this into the search, the image would be selected and returned to the user.

Photographer and Subject Search: The user can also search, via a drop-down box, for all images taken by a photographer, or all images relative to any subject in the database system.

Search by Image Number allows a user to locate an image and all of the background and taxonomic information about that image in the database system. Every IPMImages.org image in is identified with a unique image number. NOTE: when using this option, USE NUMBERS ONLY - DO NOT TYPE IN THE STRING UGA IN FRONT OF THE NUMBER! This search could be particularly useful should a user see an image for which the supporting information is not included and wishes to obtain that information for further use or for citation purposes.

Filter Searches are available that will allow the user to look for images that are known pests of Conifers or Hardwoods, or for a taxonomic search.

Downloading Images:

Once you have located an image and have selected the appropriate image resolution for your application, it can be downloaded to your computer at least two options:

Option one:
  • place your cursor on the image,
  • right click to bring up the right mouse menu,
  • select " save picture as" option,
  • select the drive, file location, and name of the file desired, and
  • click "save".
Option two:
  • place your cursor on the image,
  • right click to bring up the right mouse menu,
  • select the "copy" menu option using your left mouse button to copy the image into your clipboard,
  • after you have opened the window to the application into which you wish to place the copied file, simply "right click your mouse again,
  • select the "paste" feature from the menu with your left mouse button, and click.


The image file will be in the folder with the file name you entered. Select the desired image size and resolution appropriate for your application. You may, within reason, resize the copied image in your application. However, be aware of the intrinsic limitations of the image form and format. The images are jpeg formats compressed from the original digital image. Every time the image is opened and resaved, the quality of the image deteriorates somewhat depending upon the amount of compression used. Additionally, because of the compressed nature of the images, the image quality will degrade if the image is increased in size. We suggest that you select the image size that you download accordingly.

Please print or otherwise capture the textual information, including date downloaded for every image that you download to allow for proper identification and credits to be made.