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Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is a species of mammal related to the anteaters and sloths that can be found from the South of the United States to the North of Argentina. It is found in grasslands, tropical forests and a wide variety of dryland habitats. Although it seems more common in humid areas, where they excavate the earth to create burrows with their legs that have claws. It has an armored body and despite its short legs, it moves very quickly.
It is an animal of mainly nocturnal habits, very elusive and timid; it is guided by smell, and also by the acute sense of hearing. During the day they usually stay in their burrows, and in the evenings, they venture into open fields to hunt insects and larvae. It is an insectivorous animal, feeding mainly with ants and termites. However, it also feeds on other small insects and invertebrates such as worms and snails, tuberous roots and small amphibians. Due to being hunted for its meat and shell, and due to destruction o…

Nocturnal Macro-Adventure


February is the macro month! So, we continue showing you more of this big small world through the photos of Miguel Siu and Julio Abdiel.


Harvestmen (Opiliones) are very common during our night walks in the rainforest, and could be very conspicuous and cooperative. 


Caterpillar (Lepidoptera). This is how a caterpillar looks when you confuse it’s rear end as the head.


Crickets (Gryllidae) are the masters of disguise of the rainforest.


Katydids (Tettigoniidae) can be vulnerable when ongoing metamorphosis like this one emerging from its exoskeleton.


Beetles (Coleoptera order)  are very diverse, you can find them on many flavors as shown below on this section:
A beetle with comb-like antennae


Weevils as this member of the Conoderinae subfamily are also coleopterans. This guy is playing dead trying to pass as a seed to avoid the predators with cameras.

White Broad-Nosed Weevil (Compus). Once more we find this ghostly inhabitant of the forest.

Scarab or Dung Beetle (Scarabaeoidea)


Don’t be fooled by these tree snails, they are not as big as seen on pictures.


Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)


Millipede (Diplopoda) having sweet dreams


Mantis (Pseudomiopteryx sp.)

Bark Mantis (Liturgusa sp.)

Mantis (Mantidae)


Moth or Butterfly? Sometimes it's hard to tell


And again we found the most dangerous spider in Panama, the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria boliviensis)

...also a non-dangerous cousin

...and more spiders

...we also found these Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) blending very well with the ambient, either bark or leaf.


And finally, from time to time cockroaches (Blattodea) come by to proof they also have details to show.

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