Spot a Ladybug
The Harlequin ladybug, also known as the Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) is found throughout the world. When you see one of these tiny insects, report it online to help study the variation in the number of spots.
Photo: Nancy Lowe
Have you ever watched moths flitting around your porch light at night? With Mothing, you can do more than just watch; you can take pictures and help identify moths from around the world. The project also offers teaching materials for educators.
Photo: CL Goforth
If you‘re lucky enough to see a swarm of dragonflies, it’s definitely an experience you‘ll want to share with others. By reporting information on the size, location, and behavior of dragonfly swarms you see, you cancontribute to our understanding of these beautiful insects.
Scientists want to know what kinds of ants live in urban settings, and they need your help to do it! Make your own ant collecting kit and mail in the ants you find to be identified. You might even discover an entirely new species!
Photo: CL Purvis
In the US, they’re called ladybugs or lady beetles, but in the UK, they’re ladybirds. Help researchers track native and invasive ladybirds in the United Kingdom. Submit observations online.
Photo: Earth Watch
Climate Change and Caterpillars
If you‘ve been saving up for a vacation, consider putting that hard-earned money towards a trip to Costa Rica, where your help is needed to share observations about caterpillars and their parasitoids. The data you collect will be used to study how climate change is affecting biodiversity in the tropics.