True flies: mosquitoes / gnats / midges. Order: Diptera ( flies ) Family: Chironomidae ( midges ) A midge, is a true fly. Other common names: Non-Biting Midges, Blind Mosquitoes, and Common Midges. Size: mostly 1 to 10 mm. Identification: Small, delicate flies, resembles mosquitoes, but do Not bite. Often "dance in the air in large swarms over water or lawns". At rest, characteristically hold there front legs, above head-height and extend forward, giving the illusion of elongate antennae, to the untrained eye. Range: Worldwide, from Antartica to the high Artic islands, but perhaps from some hot deserts. Season: Early spring through fall, in temperate areas. Food: Larvae mostly scavengers. Most Tanypodinae, prey on small invertebrates, including other Chironomidae. Larvae of a few species, are parasites of invertebrates. Adults, are short-lived, and do not need to feed. Many will take sugar water ( or honeydew ), given the opportunity. Lifecycle: Larvae are mostly aquatic filter feeders, often living in tubes in soft mud, some are leaf-miners of aquatic plants. Chironomidae ( informally known as Chironomids, or non-biting midges ), are a family of nematoceran flies, with a global distribution. Males are easily recognized, by there plumose antennae. Adults of many species, do in fact feed. The natural foods reported, include: fresh fly droppings, nectar, pollen and honeydew, and various sugar-rich materials. Larvae, are slender and worm-like. Adults, have only two wings. Adult midges, are relatively small, with narrow bodies and long legs. Like all flies, the Chironomidae, are holometabolous, and undergo metamorphosis, in there lifecycle. A midge, is a non-biting fly, with two wings. This insect, had six, very long jointed legs. This insect, had two antennae, and two, large, black eyes. This insect, had a long, slender body. It's long abdomen, was banded, with alternating colors, of black and gray. It had two, transparent wings. This insect was alive, and able to fly.
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.