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Bigal River Reserve: Ecuador Part I

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:42 am    Post subject: Bigal River Reserve: Ecuador Part I Reply with quote

On location in Bigal River reserve, contiguous with Sumaco-Galeras National Park in Ecuador. A mountainous area, almost perpetually under the rain-shadow:



Daddy long-legs (Pholcidae) hangs in its basket web, drying after a rain:



A horsefly tries frantically to escape as the social spiders, alerted to the thrumming vibrations in the web draw inexorably closer:



An opportunistic, juvenile hunting centipede (Scolopendra sp.) weaves through the tangle of silken lines under a leaf, chews through the protective swathing silk, and into the nutrient rich eggs, as the mother hangs dejectedly nearby, unable to do anything to protect her eggs.



A mating pair of sexually dimorphic aposematic stick insects (Oreophoetes peruana):



A scorpion under ultraviolet light:



Harvestman under UV light:



A diademed rainfrog (Pristimantis diadematus) is unbothered by the constant rain, unlike the photographer attempting to do it justice. It was found on this beautiful bed of moss which grows lushly with the constant rains and high humidity:



Typically extremely active, the mouse opossum is most often found scurrying in the branches or up and down lianas. Though it was undoubtedly startled and anxious, as it clung to a small, thin sapling, it appeared in good health and was probably just exhibiting a "deer in the headlights" reaction to the flashlights:



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful!
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