For the past several months the Mushroom Observer site has been extremely taxed by a series of users attempting to scrape data. MO has very limited resources. We cannot handle hundreds of thousands of requests, even of low impact pages like “show_observation”, let alone expensive requests like image searches. If you are trying to scrape data from Mushroom Observer, please contact the webmasters (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are here to help. There are far better ways to access our data than to scrape the website with robots or python scripts.