A small leaf beetle which mimics a common ladybird beetle. This bright insect is similar to P. oceanica. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/123... I found oceanica in Melbourne but this beetle was found by a friend in Brisbane, The markings are significantly different and we expect they are different species.
Andrena flavipes is another not plant specific mining bee. The image shows a male (females look quite different). Recognition for these animals are the black hairs midtst the bronw ones on the head and the brownish hairs over the whole body. There are other similar male species out there which may make things though... so knowing the area and it's inhabitants helps.
A common mining bee species , the image shows a female. Typical for recognition of this species is the short red hairs on the back with the red colored hind leg. You can often find them on male Salix , collecting the pollen, but they are not as plant specific as other mining bee species.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.