Thank you, Ashley! I tried identifying it using the guide below. It looks like H. mitchelli, but I have some doubts because the morph in the photos does not appear in the guide. So I'll stick it just to Hyperolius sp.
Xylocopa violacea, the violet carpenter bee, is the common European species of carpenter bee, and one of the largest bees in Europe. Like most members of the genus Xylocopa, it makes its nests in dead wood. Its body is black and hairy. The wings have typical blue and violet iridescence with a wingspan of 4,5 to 5 cm. The female has a sting but she is not aggressive. It feeds on pollen and nectar that recollects from a big variety of flowers, so it is an excellent pollinator. It builds nests on wood drilling it with its mandibles, excavating parallel galleries that finish in a single opening. In spring it lays a dozen eggs and later on the larvae feed on a mix of pollen and nectar left by the female at the nest. The developed larvae measure between 2 and 3 cm in length. It is not particularly aggressive and will attack only if forced to.
This Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph. They live and die in Mesquites trees but this one was on a shrub. Maybe it got blown away in the storm the night before. It looks like a clown face or an african shield. 35 mm long.
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.