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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…

Nocturnal Macro Adventure - Featured species: Fleischmann's Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni) pt.2

We continue our macro journey with a set of photos by Julio Abdiel Gonzalez. As you may notice, when we go out on these photo tours, we share our subjects but it’s interesting that as animals move we almost always get different shots from each other. That’s how we work, we capture the photos in their natural habitats, as found in their natural settings, and minimal staging or manipulation. 

Fleischmann's Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni)

Circket (Gryllidae)
More than 900 species of crickets are described; the Gryllidae are distributed all around the world except at latitudes 55° or higher, with the greatest diversity being in the tropics. They occur in varied habitats from grassland, bushes, and forests to marshes, beaches, and caves. Crickets are mainly nocturnal, and are best known for the loud, persistent, chirping song of males trying to attract females, although some species are mute.

Harvestman or Daddy Longlegs (Cosmetidae)

Harvestman eating a termite
Harvestment possess fangs too short or a mouth too round and small to bite a human, so are not dangerous.
  Cockroach (Blattodea) and Tick (Ixodoidea)

Tree Cricket (Oecanthinae) nymph
Tree crickets are omnivorous, and are known to feed on plant parts, other insects such as Sternorrhyncha, and even fungi.

Jumping Spider (Colonus sylvanus) - ♀

Grasshopper (Caelifera)
The grasshoppers' head bears a large pair of compound eyes which give all-round vision, three simple eyes which can detect light and dark, and a pair of thread-like antennae that are sensitive to touch and smell. The downward-directed mouthparts are modified for chewing and there are two sensory palps in front of the jaws.

Anole lizard (Anolis)

Orb-weaver Spider (Eriophora)

Butterfly (Lepidoptera)
In most families of butterfly the antennae are clubbed, unlike those of moths which may be threadlike or feathery. The long proboscis can be coiled when not in use for sipping nectar from flowers. Their heads are small and dominated by the two large compound eyes. These are capable of distinguishing flower shapes or motion but not for clearly viewing distant objects.


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