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Sumaco NP: Ecuador Part II

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Sumaco NP: Ecuador Part II Reply with quote

On location
Probably one of the wettest places I've ever been, I was rained out 7 out of the 10 days I was there, with rains often lasting days rather than hours. However, it was also one of the most atmospheric places, with beautiful hills and valleys and waterfalls at every turn:



Sumaco is relatively unexplored, especially deeper into the national park. This is partly due to lack of infrastructure and difficulty in obtaining permits, but also in large part due to a rather treacherous topography. Undoubtedly many new species await discovery.

Orchid bloom (Sobralia sp.):



Sleeping orchid bee (Euglossa mixta) which collects the fragrances of orchids in the form of oils, using specialized spatulate legs to scrape the flower:



Juvenile moss-mimicking stick insect:



Grasshopper with cordyceps infection:



Assassin bug with millipede prey. Millipedes are rarely targeted by predators since they typically release toxic compounds like cyanide when threatened. However, some insects have adapted to puncture the armoured carapace, and resist the millipede's biochemical defences:



Moulting stick insect:



Gray four-eyed opossum (Philandra opossum):



Out of reach:



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful stuff Paul.

If you want more cloud forest adventures, remember that you are welcome to visit our Banos-area reserves. You are very close at Sumaco. Though we are in a drought right now...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice interesting pictures Paul.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there Paul,
Amazing set of images.
Just gotta love that Orchid Bee, beautiful!

Thanks for sharing those images Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words Harald, Rudi and Lou.

Lou - Thanks for the offer, I've got my schedule pretty set right now and will be heading to Peru in a short while. But I'll certainly keep it in mind for the next time.
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