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Nocturnal surveying at Estacion Pitilla

Wed, May 22, 2013 at 01:49:30 PM

Nocturnal surveying at Estacion Pitilla on the slope of Volcan Orosi (at 700 meters above sea-level) using mercury vapor lights to attract all manner of insects yielded a rich diversity of beetles, moths and katydids.  Above and below are two particularly spectacular specimens.

I awoke this morning to the sound of Howler monkeys; it really is gratifying to know that the conservation efforts here at El Bosque Nuevo are having a positive effect.  This existing natural forest, and the areas being re-planted with native trees, are a haven for all manner of wildlife whose habitats are being threatened more and more by land clearance for citrus plantations.



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