14 Aug '12, 2pm

New Insect Species Discovered on Flickr

New Insect Species Discovered on Flickr

Technology is letting scientists discover and monitor species of plants, animals and insects without ever leaving their office. New species have been discovered by scientists using Google Earth and there are apps out now that let citizen scientist upload geo-tagged photos of plants and animals for classification. Now, there's been another great natural discovery thanks to technology. An entomologist browsing Flickr photos stumbled upon a never-before-classified species of lacewing. Shaun Winterton saw a photo taken by Guek Hock Ping in Malaysia of a lacewing perched on a leaf. Winterton knew that the lacewing was different than any he had studied. He contacted Guek to see if he had captured the insect, but he hadn't, since to him it was just a neat-looking bug he saw while on a hike. But Guek traveled back to the same spot a year later and was able to capture one of the in...

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