Destination Reserva Nacional Tambopata, Peru: How pleasing are rainforest fungus beetles, Erotylidae?

  Gibbifer is one genus of spectacularly beautiful pleasing fungus beetles found in the Amazonian rainforest.   With no shortage…

Destination Villarrica, Chile – Not hidin’ from anyone: the elegant phasmatid, Agathemera elegans

  A beautiful female chinchemolle phasmatid grazes on herbaceous plants near a stream.   Vulcan Villarrica in Chile; upon its…

Destinations La Torre, Peru, and Carara, Costa Rica – Hidin’ in the Rainforest, Part II: cryptic walking sticks, Phasmatidae; horse-head grasshoppers, Proscopidiidae; and mantids, Mantidae

  Greatly elongated limbs, twig-brown coloration, and the ability to remain motionless seemingly for hours, give this rainforest mantis a…

Destination Tambopata National Reserve, Peru: Hidin’ in the rainforest with cryptic katydids, Tettigoniidae

  By day the dead leaf katydid stands out on a green leaf. Better find another place to rest.  …

Destination Puerto Maldonado, Peru: Skipper caterpillars, Hesperiidae, play hide and seek with predators in the rainforest

  Contrasting yellow bands against an umber background may warn predators of the unpalatability of this skipper caterpillar.   Last…