Th Blue-ringed Octopus is a small mollusc, body size of around 6-8cm. However, they are highly poisonous, supposedly one of the most poisonous animal on earth and there is no antidote for it. Their poison is actually from its saliva. This sequence of pictures show a pair of Blue-Ringed Octopus in the course of mating. The first picture was after the Male has done his job leaving the Female, all fluttered and flashing her bright blue rings :D
Like a strip of dyed wool or a rough surfaced stem gall, the caterpillar in the main picture was resting flattened against a small branch between leaf stalks. It was about 40 mm long and in it's 4th week of development. Pic 1 shows it as a week-old, fully black, slim, hairy caterpillar. Pics 3 & 4 show the caterpillar in its second week and the main photo and Pics 4 & 5. in the third week.The change in colour and pattern is quite quick; they ended up covered with matted pink and pale brown hairs.
This large Golden Head Rutilia Fly is metallic dark blue-green in colour with bright orange-yellow colour head. On the thorax and abdomen there are the shiny white spots patterns. Different individuals may have slightly different patterns.
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.