This weevil was about 10 mm long with a thin body and long legs whcih were sparsely covered with short white setae. The elytra were a dark pinkish brown with pale specks near the apices and just anterior to these there were two more markings. The rostrum/snout was staright as were the antennae. Underside was a creamy white.
This was a big animal, and I almost died when it shot out from the rocks and undergrowth not far in front of me. Over 6 foot in length, this Lace Monitor (Goanna) was in no mood for a photo session. All goannas are carnivorous, consuming anything they can overpower. They will also eat carrion, and can be a real nuisance in campsites and picnic areas where people are prone to feed them. No such problem with this handsome fellow though - he was quite shy. There are 19 species of Goanna to be found in Queensland.
Hi Ernst. I've been taking some long service leave. One of those holidays where the phone and laptop are turned off, and I must say it's been quite liberating. Done a few national parks, so have a few nice pics to add.
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.