I saw a bush filled with these little guys and I took a few to show my second grade students at the time. They formed a cocoon but never turned into a moth, I think because my classroom got too cold :( It took me a while to figure out what they were. I had to finally search in Spanish and found out. I think its rather unusual to see them in Mexico City, I think they are normally found in South America, normally Brazil (I could be mistaken by this) Very cool looking and my students loved watching them make the cocoon!!!
This is either a female or juvenile male Satin Bowerbird, the species of which is endemic to eastern Australia. It is an elegant and beautiful bird, and the plumage of this specimen is as equally stunning as that of a mature male. I knew it was a bowerbird because of the violet-blue eyes. The mature male's plumage is a striking glossy blue-black, and the male only develops his satiny sheen after seven years: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/966... Up until this time, the juvenile male possesses the same plumage and colouring as the female. The male Satin Bowerbird is perhaps the best known and well documented of all the bowerbirds in Australia. This fame partially stems from its practice of building and decorating a bower to attract females, and decorating it with bright blue coloured objects that it collects. That can include clothes pegs, bottle caps, you name it - anything blue.
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.