The jaguar (scientific name: Panthera onca) and black jaguar (in the case of melanic individuals only), is a species of carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family found in the Americas. It is the third largest cat in the world, after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. Resembles the leopard physically, if this differs, however, the pattern of spots on the skin and the larger size. The characteristics of their behavior and their habitat closer to those of the tiger. It is found mainly in tropical areas, but is also found in more open environments. The jaguar is strongly associated with the presence of water and is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming. It is usually solitary. It is an important predator, playing a role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species. Has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to other big cats. This allows it to pierce the hard shell of reptiles such as turtles and use an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears, a fatal bite to the brain.
This attractive, hairy beetle is an active predator of bark beetles that feed on pine and other coniferous trees. I discovered this guy when I felt a sharp pain on the back of my knee. Apparently, this beetle thought I was either tasty or a potential threat to defend against. Either way, I found the beetle after evicting it from my leg. The beetle was not harmed.
The common names "Sensitive Plant" and "Sleeping Plant" comes from the closing/collapsing of the leaves in reaction to being touched. This native legume is one to encourage in your bird, butterfly, or wildlife garden, as well as to allow to thrive in natural spaces. Its bright yellow flowers attract bees and butterflies, while leaves and seed pods provide food for wildlife. It's the larval host for cloudless giant sulphur (Phoebis sennae), orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme), sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe) butterflies.
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.