There is a lot going on in my life right now and I don’t know where to start. I picked out my transects and set up my mosquito traps today with my two wonderful volunteers. Fingers crossed for blood-fed mosquitoes. I haven’t brought my camera out yet but I borrowed some photos from my friend Ben. He has a great website at http://www.benthebutterflyguy.com . As you might be able to deduce from the address, he works with butterflies and really knows his stuff!! The Tambopata Research Center has a macaw project year-round and when they first started out they made a big mistake by keeping some of the parrot chicks for too long. This resulted in the Macaws being too friendly with the researchers and they return every morning to try and steal our breakfast. Oops.
The other day when a bunch of us went out into the field and found this crazy caterpillar. Then when we brought it back to the lab Ashley squished him with a banana. Another oops.
Here are some of Ben and Ashley’s butterfly specimens:
On a not-so-happy note, the strike in Puerto is going to be worse than most people previously thought. Here are some blogs to scope out..I’m sure you non-spanish speakers can translate them with bablefish or something. It is going to be scary for people who are there. I will keep everyone updated.