The melon ladybird beetle (Henosepilachna elaterii Rossi, 1794) is a phytophagous ladybird species found in southern Europe, Africa and western Asia. It feeds mainly on squirting cucumber, but also on other cultivated or spontaneous Cucurbitaceae plants.
Tachina fera is a species of fly of the family Tachinidae. Her plump, honey-coloured or orange abdomen divided into two halves by a black band and with numerous rigid, bristling hairs in the end is very characteristic. Thorax, black, also shows long and combed hairs. The fly larvae parasitize caterpillars of Lepidoptera, mainly of the family of the noctuids. The adult female fly to lay their eggs near where butterfly caterpillars are. After hatching, the larvae of the fly trying to find with a caterpillar. If they succeed, they pierce their tegument, enter their body, devour it from the inside and finally emerge already transformed in pupas.
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.