The Transparent Burnet is a moth in the family Zygaenidae showing three bright red longitudinal streaks variable in shape, with almost transparent greyish-bluish edges. This moth is highly similar to Zygaena minos and only an examination of the genitalia can distinguish the adults. However, only Zygaena purpuralis is found at the altitude reported here.
The jaguar (scientific name: Panthera onca) and black jaguar (in the case of melanic individuals only), is a species of carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family found in the Americas. It is the third largest cat in the world, after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. Resembles the leopard physically, if this differs, however, the pattern of spots on the skin and the larger size. The characteristics of their behavior and their habitat closer to those of the tiger. It is found mainly in tropical areas, but is also found in more open environments. The jaguar is strongly associated with the presence of water and is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming. It is usually solitary. It is an important predator, playing a role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species. Has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to other big cats. This allows it to pierce the hard shell of reptiles such as turtles and use an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears, a fatal bite to the brain.
The Brown or Striped Basilisk is native to Mexico, Central America and adjacent northwestern Colombia, but have been introduced into the U.S. state of Florida as a feral species. Their generic name basiliscus is taken from the Basilisk, the creature of Greek mythology made up of parts of a rooster, snake, and lion which could turn a man to stone by its gaze. This name derives from the Greek basilískos (βασιλίσκος), meaning "little king". Male Brown Basilisks can reach 61 cm (24 in) in length and females are somewhat smaller. Their three crests are on the head, along the body and along the tail, they have stripes usually only on the flanks and on the dorsal crest, and they also have a white stripe from the eyes to the rear legs. The males have a larger crest than the females. They are very fast and have large hind feet with flaps of skin between each toe, which aids them to move very quickly across the water, giving the appearance of "walking on water".
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.