It has a white face and the top of the frons is metallic blue in mature individuals of both sexes. The eyes are brilliant blue or green in males and reddish-brown in females. The front of the thorax is brown with a thin pale carina medially and a wider pale stripe on either side. The sides are pale green with three full-length brown stripes. The wings are typically clear but may be flavescent and have a dark brown stripe on either side of the midbasal space in males. The legs a re black and heavily armed. The abdomen is black with a pair of pale yellow stripes dorsally, interrupted on segments 3-8 to appear as dashes. Segment 9 and the caudal appendages are black, while 10 is pale. The abdomen is considerably shorter than in females. Older males develop a pale pruinose blue color dorsally and more slowly laterally on the thorax and over the entire abdomen. Females become pruinose, but much more slowly than males.
Family: Limacodidae (Slug Moths). Brightly colored caterpillar with venomous with sharp spines. Coloring: Brown and green (saddle). Paint-like fake eyes. Length: 12.7 mm (Possibly 3rd instar). Feeds on a wide variety of plants including Winged Burning Bush leaves (shown), but also spicebush, apple, blueberry, elm, maple, oak.
The raccoon, Procyon lotor (sometimes spelled as 'racoon'), also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg (8 to 20 lb). The raccoon is usually nocturnal and is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates. It has a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense underfur, which insulates against cold weather.
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.