Αν Old World Swallowtail caterpillar, spotted foraging on a single fennel plant, in the southern semi-bastion of Spinalonga island, Crete, Greece.
In my spotting of the Air Potato plant here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/207... I mentioned I saw no sign of the beetle that had been introduced to the park for control of the plant or damage at the park. I had noticed how Air Potato had spread here and looked as if it was covering everything. Well, today I was at the park and had several spottings of the beetles in different areas of the trails. But even more noticeable was the damage to the Air Potato leaves. I don't think I saw a single vine without damage. I also didn't notice damage like that to any other plant in the park which is a good thing. You can see in the last picture what the plants looked like through out the park.
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.