Common name: Antlion Other names: Doodlebug Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Adult size: ( length ) 20 mm. to 40 mm. Identifying colors: Black, white, gray, and brown. General description: Pointy, speckled, tail, long, shiny, flying, and dragonfly-like. Antlions get there name, thanks to the diet of there larvae. A small Antlion larva, is also known as a 'doodlebug'. Doodlebugs, are ground dwellers, and have a huge set of imtimidating jaws. These small larvae look like beetles, but they can only walk backwards! Adult Antlions, are nocturnal. They may eat nectar and pollen. Adults can be found at night, in tall grasses, and in open habitats. There larvae can be found in open fields of sandy soil, at the base of trees, on the dusty floors of barns or sheds, or under rock ledges. Both life stages, are most active in spring and summer. The adult has two pairs of long, narrow, multi-veined wings, in which the apical veins, enclose regular oblong spaces, and a long, slender abdomen. They have two, apicaly clubbed antennae, which are about as long as head and thorax combined. Antlion ( family Myrmeleontidae), any of a group of insects ( order Neuroptera ), that are named for the predatory nature of the larva, which traps ants and other small insects, in pits dug into the ground. Antlions, are found throughout the world, primarily in dry, sandy regions. Neuroptera ( Lacewings, Antlions, and Relatives ). All Neuropteran larvae are predators. Curved, lancelike jaws, project prominently from the head. Larvae, are active and possess legs on the thorax, but no prolegs on the abdomen. Antlions, go through complete metamorphosis.
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.