The common green bottle fly (biological name Phaenicia sericata or Lucilia sericata) is a blow fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a house fly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has short, sparse black bristles (setae) and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black.
Marpesia chiron is a very common and widespread species occurring in the southern United States, throughout Central America and the Caribbean; and in South America from Colombia to Bolivia. Males commonly gather to imbibe mineralised moisture at ditches, river beaches and roadsides. Aggregations of dozens or even hundreds are not uncommon. In hot weather they are extremely active, darting and skipping from place to place, and rarely settling for more than 2 or 3 seconds. The wings are usually held erect, but in cooler conditions they will bask with wings outspread. Females are elusive, spending most of their lives in the forest canopy, and are rarely encountered. This species forms gregarious nocturnal roosts in which up to 15 adults cluster together hanging beneath tree branches.
The Mexican cacique or yellow-winged cacique (Cassiculus melanicterus) is a species of cacique in the Icteridae family. It is found in Guatemala and Mexico. It is monotypic in its own genus. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and heavily degraded former forest.
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.