Bigal River Reserve: Ecuador Part I

Images of undisturbed subjects in their natural environment. All subject types.

Moderators: Chris S., Pau, rjlittlefield, ChrisR

Post Reply
pbertner
Posts: 974
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:07 am
Location: Canada
Contact:

Bigal River Reserve: Ecuador Part I

Post by pbertner »

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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.

Image

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

Image

A scorpion under ultraviolet light:

Image

Harvestman under UV light:

Image

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:

Image

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:

Image

Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul

MarkSturtevant
Posts: 798
Joined: Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:52 pm
Location: Michigan, U.S.A.

Post by MarkSturtevant »

Beautiful!
Mark Sturtevant
Dept. of Still Waters

Post Reply