December 4, 2019 · Uncategorized

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A Dead-leaf Mantids – female (Acanthops cf. centralis), photographed in Amazonian Peru.
Grasshopper, Tropidacris cristata cristata, Sucusari Lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Grasshopper, Tropidacris cristata cristata, Sucusari Lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Grasshopper, Tropidacris cristata cristata, Sucusari Lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Wasp Mimicing Grasshopper, Yanomono Lodge, January 2019
Grasshopper, Tropidacris collaris, Sucusari Lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Leaf Mimicing Katydid, Ceiba Tops, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Leaf Mimic Katydid, Cycloptera sp., Explorama Lodge at Yanamono, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Leaf Mimic Katydid, Cycloptera sp., Explorama Lodge at Yanamono, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Leaf Mimic Katydids Pterochroza ocellata and Cycloptera, Explorama Lodge at Yanamono, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Leaf Mimicing Katydid, (Pterochroza ocellata), threat display, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Leaf mimicking katydid (Pterochroza ocellata), Explorama Lodge at Yanamono, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Predatory Katydid, ACTS, Rio Sucusari, Loreto. Peru, January 2019
Predatory Katydid, ACTS, Rio Sucusari, Loreto. Peru, January 2019
Spiney Devil, Panacanthus cuspedatus, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Spiney Devil, Panacanthus cuspedatus, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Spiney Devil, Panacanthus cuspedatus, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Katydid nymph, Harroweria sp., Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Katydid nymph, Harroweria sp., Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
A Rainbow Katydid (Vestria sp.). When harassed, these katydids evert a small odoriferous gland from the end of the abdomen and release pyrazine compounds. The odor is pungent and has been hypothesized as a defensive mechanism. Photographed in Amazonian Peru, November 2019.
Orchid Cuckoo Bee, Exaerete frontalis, (Hymenoptera, Apidae), Ceiba Tops, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, October 2019
Cryptic Phasmid, ACTS, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru
Baby walking stick with parasite, Rio Momon, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Blue Leafhopper, Sucusari River, Napo River, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Fly, Dolichopodidae, Explorama Napo Lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, October 2019
Trapjaw Ant (Daceton armigerum), Ceiba Tops, Main branch of the Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Trapjaw Ant (Daceton armigerum), Ceiba Tops, Main branch of the Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Butterfly, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru
Moth Caterpillar, Ceiba Tops, Loreto, Peru
Beetle, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Golden Weevil (Rhigus speciosus), Ceiba Tops, Loreto, Peru
Tortoise shell beetles (Cassidinae – a subfamily of the leaf beetles, or Chrysomelidae, and closely related to the leaf mining beetles) are some of my favorites and there is a lot of diversity in this subfamily, over 6,000 described species and counting. We had the great good fortune to see at least three different species of tortoise shell beetle on the photographic trip this year – this was one of my favorites. When these beetles walk, they lift their “shell” up and extend their heads out from the end of the shell to expose a cool set of eyes. Some species appear to have a clear or slightly opaque shell in the front such that the beetle can see though it while under the shell. This individual was photographed in Amazonian Peru – Loreto – November 2019.
Tortoise shell beetles (Cassidinae – a subfamily of the leaf beetles, or Chrysomelidae, and closely related to the leaf mining beetles) are some of my favorites and there is a lot of diversity in this subfamily, over 6,000 described species and counting. We had the great good fortune to see at least three different species of tortoise shell beetle on the photographic trip this year – this was another one of my favorites – the Target Tortoise Shell Beetle (Ischnocodia annulus).
Weevil, Ceiba Tops, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, October 2019
Jumping Spider, Santa Cruz Biological Station, Rio Mazan, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Anoplius (Notiochares) a amethystinus (Fab) with a stunned wandering spider, Loreto, Peru, November 2019
Large terrestrial tarantula, Loreto, Peru
Spider egg case, Sucusari lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Spider egg case, Sucusari lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019
Spider egg case, Sucusari lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019 – under black light
Spider egg case, Sucusari lodge, Rio Sucusari, Loreto, Peru, January 2019 (fingernail for size)
Forest floor fungi, Ceiba Tops, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, October 2019
Forest floor fungi, Ceiba Tops, Amazon River, Loreto, Peru, October 2019
Coral fungus, Ceiba Tops, Loreto, Peru
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