Hi db3cruz! Welcome to Project Noah! We hope you like the site as much as we do. There are many features you can explore, but first you should read the http://www.projectnoah.org/faq where you can find all the advice and "rules" of Project Noah :-) We also have a blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/ where we post articles from our specialists from different areas and categories of spottings, as well as wildlife "adventures". There are also a support chat for technical help and a nature chat to connect with other PN users. You, like the rest of the community, will be able to suggest IDs for species that you know but that have not been identified, and make other comments on other's spottings, and they on yours. We also have "missions" you can join and add spottings to http://www.projectnoah.org/missions Note that most missions are "local". Be sure not to add to a mission outside of its boundaries :-) Each mission has a map you may consult showing its range. So enjoy yourself, share, communicate, learn. By the way, I moved your beetle spotting from "other" to the Arthropods category. See you around :-)
LOVELY. In West Bengal, India, this is called Kaanch poka. Kaanch means glass. Poka is generic for insect. I understand that in times gone by girls used to cut bits from this colourful cuticle and stick as "bindi" on the forehead. Chrysocoris stolli, or a relative perhaps?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scutelleridae
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.