Caligo sp., Los Amigos Biological Station, CICRA, Madre de Dios, Peru.
I just got off an uncomfortably warm overnight bus ride from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. With a few hours to kill before heading into the Amazon - here’s an owl butterfly, a species in the genus Caligo, photographed at Los Amigos the last time I was here. This guy, along with the previous Eryphanis are closely related the Morpho butterflies. These butterflies are crepuscular, flying only in evening at dusk. With luck, we’ll be seeing plenty of these guys tonight! Photographed with the Meet Your Neighbours field studio at the Los Amigos Biological Station in May.
Diglossa cyanea, Wayqecha Biological Station, Cosnipata Valley, Cusco, Peru.
Birds in the genus Diglossa, the flower-piercers, are illegitimate nectar foragers, using their specialized beaks to perforate flowers and rob them of nectar. This masked flower-piercer was photographed at the Amazon Conservation Association’s Wayqecha Biological Station in the cloud forests of the eastern slopes of the Andes.