This spider was very tiny,, about 2-3 mm in size.. I was very lucky to spot this, since this doesn't look like a spider at first sight and it was very tiny.. When i took this upon my hand, it started weaving a web to escape from my hand.. Then i realized that this was a spider..! Cephalothorax glossy black in color, posteriorly narrowed and anteriorly wider,clypeus region slightly raised. three times anterior median eyes diameter. Eyes pearly white, except anteior median eyes that are black, laterals contiguous. Anterior eyes recurved, posterior eye row straight or slightly procurved. Chelicerae black.. Sternum dark brown, hear shaped, widest at coxae I and II, tapering at coxae III and IV. Labium and maxillae similar to sternum. Legs yellowish-whitish, with many dark brown longitudinal patches and joints, leg IV bears comb like structure. Spherical Abdomen with pointed posterior end. Shiny black in color. Dorsum with sparse hairs. Ventrum lighter than dorsum, dark brown spinnerets located at the beginning of the posterior tail. Epigyme with reddish border, epigastric furrow looks like a transverse line.
The Peacock Fly, Callopistromyia annulipes, is a unique fly in the family Ulidiidae, which includes Picture-winged Flies. Callopistromyia annulipes holds its wings in a perpendicular orientation in relationship to its body. It opens and spreads the wings while they are perpendicular, and shuffles back and forth at the same time. This provides a spectacular display.
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.