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Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is one of five species that formerly were united under the name Thrush-like Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdina); the other members of this group are Northern Schiffornis (S. veraepacis), Olivaceous Schiffornis (S. olivacea), Foothill Schiffornis (S. aenea), and Brown-winged Schiffornis (S. turdina). 

Russet-winged Schiffornis is a representative of this group that occurs from central Panama east across northern Colombia to western and northern Venezuela. All species in this group have similar, dull plumages, being primarily brown or olive brown, with paler underparts, and prominent large dark eyes. Although all members of the group also are poorly known, Russet-winged Schiffornis probably is one of the least studied members of the complex. This is a relatively low density species that occupies the understory of terra firme forests, most often foraging within 1-2 m of the ground, and typically is solitary. The clear whistled song is heard far more often than th…

Another macro photography adventure in Panama

These compilation of photos are actually from two different adventures using two different lenses, as you might have read on previous posts I've been testing a 180mm macro lens. So I decided, to switch between lenses, one adventure with the 100mm and another with the 180mm, so I could compare results.

Both lenses are excellent but definitively they produce different results or can be used on different forms. When using the 100mm, I use a 1.5x Tamron extension to get to 150mm equivalent but the 180mm allowed me to use the 2x Canon, 1.4 Canon and even combine the 2x with the 1.5x to get a 3x magnification.

Results with 100mm macro lens:

Grasshopper instar  

 Some species of Stingless Bee making acrobatics


 Some sort of Plant Bug

 Unknown insect eggs

Results with 180mm macro lens:

A large Leafhopper that looks like a serpent (Cicadellidae family)


The Common Green Bottle Fly (biological name Phaenicia sericata or Lucilia sericata) is a blow fly found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. It is 10–14 mm long, slightly larger than a house fly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has short, sparse black bristles (setae) and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black. The maggots (larvae) of the fly are used for maggot therapy. Lucilia sericata is common all over the temperate and tropical regions of the planet, mainly the southern hemisphere. It prefers warm and moist climates. The female lays her eggs in meat, fish, animal corpses, infected wounds of humans or animals, and excrement. The larvae feed on decomposing tissue. The defining characteristic of Lucilia sericata, and most used when identifying the adult fly is the presence of three bristles on the dorsal mesothorax.

Humpbacked Fly (Phoridae family) The Phoridae are a family of small, hump-backed flies resembling fruit flies. Phorid flies can often be identified by their escape habit of running rapidly across a surface rather than taking to the wing. This behaviour is a source of one of their alternate names, scuttle fly. Approximately 4,000 species are known in 230 genera.

 Robber Fly and prey


 Jumping Spider

Spider in the sand


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