The Little Pansy or Little Commodore (Junonia sophia) is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. This very pretty species is found in degraded forest habitats, e.g. in clearings, glades and along wide logging roads. It is also common in parks and gardens. The butterflies tend to form small colonies. Typically a dozen or so can be found flying together in sunny forest glades and similar semi-open habitats, where they bask on grass-heads or flowers with wings fully outspread.
Euphaedra eleus, the Vermillion Forester or Eleus Orange Forester, is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. Euphaedra eleus is one of several red Euphaedra species which mimic day-flying Geometrid moths in the genus Aletis. The latter are noxious, so a bird that has tasted one is deterred from attacking any similarly coloured species. Adults mimic the day-flying moth Aletis helcita.
The Soldier Pansy or Soldier Commodore (Junonia terea) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone. Junonia terea is a very common and widespread species, found from Senegal to southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia; and south to Congo, Tanzania and Transvaal. The wingspan is 50–55 mm in males and 52–60 mm in females.
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.