A rather large butterfly (for the UK!), it has a wingspan of up to 7cm. It is brightly coloured with orange, black and white on its wings, though the undersides are a little duller with just a small splash of colour. They are actually migrant butterflies, coming to the UK from the European continent. They don't spend any part of the winter here as it's too cold.
Humpbacks are baleen whales that measure up to 15m long and are identified by the dark body and long white pectoral fins. They are very acrobatic whales, capable of breaching quite significantly out of the water. Other behaviours include fin slapping and lying on their sides with the fins out of the air (both of which are recorded here). The fluke out of the water (pic 4) often signifies a deep dive. Humpbacks spend the summer months in the Arctic to stock up on fat reserves before heading to the equator for the winter to breed.
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.