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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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August 10, 2009

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Leaf-cutter Ants Genus Atta

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toucans and barbets Family Ramphastidae

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August 10, 2009

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Bird watching in the jungle is hard--too much vegetation.

Ironically, it's much easier and more successful at the edges of the field station clearing.

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spiders Order Araneae

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August 10, 2009

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This path is pretty creepy in the dark. Thousands of eyes blinking at you, many belonging to these guys, but lots of bigger ones, too.

Then there's always the deadly black snakes to watch for.

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fireflies Family Lampyridae

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August 10, 2009

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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grasshoppers, crickets, & locusts Order Orthoptera

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August 10, 2009

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Bullet ant Paraponera clavata

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August 10, 2009

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These Bullet Ants are big: about 3/4". Their sting is apparently the most painful in the animal kingdom: 24 hours of searing agony.

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ants, bees, wasps and sawflies Order Hymenoptera

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piranhas Order Characiformes

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August 10, 2009

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Frugivorous piranhas.

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August 10, 2009

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Howler monkeys. They signal social status with these glaringly white scrotums.

It was hilarious watching their reaction to the guys with white hair!

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Eyelash Viper Bothriechis schlegelii

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August 10, 2009

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Kee-rist! Vipers leaping from trees.

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Kinkajou Potos flavus

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August 10, 2009

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The animals think the bridge is theirs. A sloth and this kinkajou reached an impass when they both tried to cross at the same time and neither wanted to give way.

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strawberry poison-dart frog Oophaga pumilio

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August 10, 2009

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Such cute little deadly animals!

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Iguanas Genus Iguana

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August 10, 2009

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two-toed sloths Family Megalonychidae

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August 10, 2009

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Their fur is so soft, despite the moss and moths.

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Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) Basiliscus plumifrons

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August 10, 2009

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Collared Peccary Pecari tajacu

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August 10, 2009

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These cranky guys act like they own the place.

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anoles (Genus Anolis) Genus Anolis

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August 10, 2009

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Slender lizards are really tasty, so they lay an egg a day to keep the population up.

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proboscis bat (Rhynchonycteris naso) Rhynchonycteris naso

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August 10, 2009

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Those white things are tags on the cute little guy's wings.

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Snowshoe Hare Lepus americanus

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February 17, 2009

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Camera trap for reintroduced bear cubs.

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Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica

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June 14, 2009

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This bird was caught by Walter and Scott, our MAPS bird banders.

The Chestnut-sided Warbler is an east coast species. This was the first record of it being sighted in Nevada County, CA.

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baker's violet Viola bakeri

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June 9, 2009

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Serviceberries Genus Amelanchier

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June 9, 2009

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interior rose Rosa woodsii ssp. ultramontana

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June 30, 2009

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Wild rose.

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Star-flowered Lily-of-the-valley Maianthemum stellatum

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May 25, 2009

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small camas Camassia quamash

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June 4, 2009

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Gorgeous flower that fills the meadows with purple haze in wet years.

This is the most famous meadow, but there are also nice flowers in Kiln Meadow, the Sagehen Campground, and the dry meadow across the creek from the Lower Camp.

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woollen-breeches Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum

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June 4, 2009

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Funny flower with blossoms on the bottom, leaves on top for shade.

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