6 October 2013

A few bugs at REGUA: 6 October

Spent a very enjoyable morning walking the first kilometer of the Waterfall Trail photographing some cool bugs with Rachel, Sue and Nicholas. Highlights were a superb Brazilian Crab Spider Epicadus heterogaster in the orchid garden (these things mimic white flowers in order to ambush pollinating insects), a male Long-tailed Bromeliad Guard Leptagrion perlongum - a member of the Coenagrionidae family or Narrow-winged Damselflies, and the second record for REGUA (many thanks to Tom Kompier for help with identification), and several species of tortoise beetle (Cassidinae). Bird highlights along the Waterfall Trail include 1-2m Temminck's Seedeater (a long overdue lifer) and 1m Sooty Grassquit feeding on seeding bamboo, 1 White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, and a Yellow-green Grosbeak.

Brazilian Crab Spider Epicadus heterogaster, Waterfall Trail

Brazilian Crab Spider Epicadus heterogaster, Waterfall Trail

Male Long-tailed Bromeliad Guard Leptagrion perlongum, Waterfall Trail - the second record for REGUA

Male Long-tailed Bromeliad Guard Leptagrion perlongum, Waterfall Trail

At the REGUA conservation center the MV light had attracted two hawkmoths: a Xylophanes chiron nechus and a Manduca diffissa petuniae.

Xylophanes chiron

Manduca diffissa petuniae

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