ORONO – If you see a butterfly, your first reaction might be to take a picture of it.
A new app is helping butterfly enthusiasts connect with researchers at UMaine.
With the app, residents can visit known butterfly nesting sites to upload photos and answer various questions.
Researchers are hoping the technology can help them learn about monarch butterflies, specifically, where they stay during their migrations and why the population is declining.
“It’s emblematic of the American summer. It’s a very iconic species that people like to see that’s easy to recognize and it’s a very pretty animal,” said Brandon Boxler, a graduate research assistant. “In addition to that, it’s a pollinator species, so it has quite a lot of economic value for farmers and people like me who like to eat what the farmers produce.”
The app is available for both iPhone and Android users.
For more information, visit this website.