Every once in a while, when environmental conditions are favorable, large outbreaks of a single species can occur. Such a massive outbreak of midges occurred during the week of 20-25 April 2015. Literally thousands of midges covered the vegetation along the lake's edge below the town of Catemaco. When they were flying, it was necessary to wear a scarf over your nose and mouth in order to breathe. Most of the midges were green and some were red (see pictures 5 and 6). I think both color phenotypes are the same species. Male Midges have bushy antennae while females have filiform antennae. Both males and females can be seen in the first picture. The larvae are aquatic. These might be midges of Tanypus catemaco, but I am not positive yet. Family Chironomidae (non.biting midges).
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.