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Peru: Tambopata Reserve part I

 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Peru: Tambopata Reserve part I Reply with quote

Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris):



Mushrooms:



Owlfly nymphs:



Ithomiine butterfly caterpillar (Methona sp.):



Entomopathogenic fungus (Sporodiniella umbellata):



Saturniid caterpillar (Automeris sp.):



Bird-dung mimicking jumping spider (Beata sp.):



Mating glasswing butterflies (Cithaerias sp.):



Amazon lily (Eucharis sp.):



Cocoon of Urodid moth at sunset:



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Paul
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful as always. The Owlfly larvae are amazing, I had no idea they were social. That is very unusual for insect predators. How do they live?

Tambopata is, in my experience, quite a bit richer than Sani for insects. I am sure you will have a great time. Make sure to look for the little spider that weaves a fake giant spider into its web.

Are you cured of leish?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lou. I'm actually just returning from Tambopata after having spent a month there. Still have the Leish, it's persistent!

The insect life varied. In the primary forests of the Tambopata Research Centre I found comparatively little, but in the mixed secondary forests around Refugio Amazonas I found quite a bit.

The owlfly larvae have just hatched and so they don't appear cannibalistic like lacewing larvae but they will remain together only until they've all hatched, possibly as a means of protecting their unhatched siblings from predation. They disperse before the 2nd instar and lead solitary ambush predator existences.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always like you photos! Thank you for sharing!!

Are the Capybaras kissing?

The blue color of that caterpillar is so striking.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the additional info about the owlflies. That makes sense of it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Those are totally cool!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lou, Mark and zzffnn.

The capybaras are siblings and so they are just affectionately playing.
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