Bug-eyed

Underpinning the pyramid of life in the Ecuadorian forests is a huge insect population.

Among my personal favorites are the stick insects, extremely well-camouflaged if they stay still amongst the leaf litter, but easy to see if they emerge into the sunlight:

Stick insectStick insect

On the whole, though, the best insect sightings are at night, like this leaf insect, whose extravagant costume mimics every blemish and hole in a typical leaf:

Leaf insect

Or these two, whose paths crossed in the dead of night, so one simply climbed over the other and continued on its way. The one underneath moved its feet a few millimeters, but did not seem at all discombobulated. (These photos were taken 30 seconds apart).

IntersectionIntersection, 30 seconds later.

Or more intimate encounters, as evidenced by these two couples, quietly canoodling until rudely disturbed by us:

Millipedes matingA mismatched pair of grasshoppers..

All alone outside our dining room was the biggest and most handsome chap of all, a good six inches long:

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But some insects survive the night only to be snapped up at first light by the toucan barbets that frequent the hotel’s outdoor lights at dawn…

Toucan Barbet

The food chain goes on, and builds the pyramid of life.

3 thoughts on “Bug-eyed”

  1. amazing!! this is sooo wonderful!

    On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 4:48 AM, Eyes on the Wild wrote:

    > myip2014 posted: “Underpinning the pyramid of life in the Ecuadorian > forests is a huge insect population. Among my personal favorites are the > stick insects, extremely well-camouflaged if they stay still amongst the > leaf litter, but easy to see if they emerge into the sunl” >

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