This 20 mm long grey caterpillar had white lateral tufts of setae on the abdominal segments, a fringe of golden setae on the thorax, a tuft of long brown setae at the rear end and a black head. The first and last abdominal segments showed paired black knobs (pic 3). Dorsally, a white band ran all along the length of the body with a narrow black line in the middle. Each segment had a raised tuft of dark setae on either side of the midline. The two penultimate segments each had a yellow dorsal gland.
An attractive fuzzy caterpillar with bands of deep red setae that looked like a row of macarons along the midline. Between the red bands were triangular shaped tufts of pale hairs, clearly seen in pic 3.
The bristly setae along the body were a pale yellow. Arising from the head was a long tuft of dark hairs.
DAY 2 - Fungi caps have faded considerably since original spotting yesterday. Certainly not as pretty as DAY 1 - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/310... When exposed to direct sunlight, the caps seem to bleach of colour. Gills also beginning to fade, loosing their soft mauve/pink hue. Caps are starting to flatten around the edges, whilst others have really warped or split.
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.