Peruvian Amazon: Manu/Tambopata Part VII

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Peruvian Amazon: Manu/Tambopata Part VII

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Caterpillars obliviously feeding at night:

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A cone-headed katydid peers over a leaf, perhaps drawn by the acoustic signature of the caterpillars' feeding:

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Whilst the other caterpillars remain occupied and otherwise oblivious, the cone-headed katydid quietly captures the closest caterpillar:

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Mating stick insects camouflaged amongst the fallen sticks which often become captured in tangled masses before they reach the forest floor:

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Hairy longhorn beetles mating (Desmiphora fasciculata):

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A stinkhorn fungus (Phallus sp.) is an ephemeral part of the understory landscape, its beauty a stark contrast to its odour, which attracts a variety of flesh flies:

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A beautiful canopy mosquito (Sabethes cyaneus) shows off resplendent iridescence as it floats above the forest floor inviting courtship from surrounding males. The paddles on the legs remain something of a mystery though they are supposedly integral to their courtship displays:

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On location in Manu national park:

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Thanks for looking and commenting,
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Post by Lou Jost »

Beautiiful as always.

When I visited Taiwan I was served a soup made of those stinkhorn fungi!!!

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Yes. Always beautiful. I was just thinking with the first cone head katydid pix... "it's stalking caterpillars!" And yes, it was.
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Excellent.

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Post by pbertner »

Thanks for the kind words and comments Mark, Lou and Smokedaddy.

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Super set again. Love the luminous caterpillar.
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