Biologist/naturalist/photographer Lou Jost has photographed lots of species at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru (see previous posts here and here). Here’s another installment; his notes are indented:
At the Tambopata Research Center we got up around 4:30 am most days, and evenings after dinner there were often talks, so we had little time to explore the forest at night. But one night before bed I couldn’t resist exploring for an hour. In that hour I found so many things that I only managed to advance about 20 meters from the lodge.Many big hairy spiders were commonly perched on leaves or branches, probably waiting for one of the Orthoptera I sent earlier [see links above]:
These membracid treehoppers, and the ants that tended them in exchange for sugar droplets, were very active at night, while during the day they don’t seem to move much.
This strange insect was also hanging out near the treehoppers. I don’t know if it was eating the plant or the treehoppers. [JAC: does anyone recognize it?]
And a landscape from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, sent October 17. The title is “Fresh snow this morning.”