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Myco-heterotrophic fairy plant (Thismia panamensis). These plants grow underground stealing nutrients from its fungal hosts until it erupts from the soil.



Camouflaged stink bug:



A fingerprint ant (Ectatomma ruidum) moves a treehopper. Ants harvest honeydew (a sugary exudate produced as a concentrated form of plant sap as it passes through sap-suckers). This symbiotic relationship allows the treehoppers to benefit from the ants' protection, as the ants gain an easily harvestable sugar source. They will move the treehoppers from one location on the plant to another in order to maximize production.:



A colourful treehopper (Anchirostrus sp.):



Bee-mimicking robber fly (Laphria sp.):



Measuring up - rivals. Rival males square off, using their stilt legs to jockey for position on a tree trunk:



Black-spotted skink (Mabuya nigropunctata):
This was a difficult one to assess. Early in the morning this lizard was sunning itself. I got a few photos in and then as I removed my tripod it took off. I didn't think much of it until a scuffle ensued in the leaf litter. I saw that the immediate aftermath was that the lizard had fallen prey to a spider in the leaf litter. It's a testament to unintended consequences. Although this might have happened while simply walking in the rainforest, one is acutely aware of the potential harms resulting from photography. Hence the reflection in the Ethical Exif data (the watermark in the upper left corner).







Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul




Jan 19, 2023 at 12:14 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Good looking set Paul

Morris



Jan 19, 2023 at 02:06 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Excellent set, Paul.


Jan 19, 2023 at 05:51 PM
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Amazing work as always.

Birdie



Jan 19, 2023 at 07:36 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Wonderful stuff Paul

Brian V.



Jan 19, 2023 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Paul,

Another amazing set. Quite a variety of warm colours too.

Harold



Jan 20, 2023 at 03:13 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Thanks everyone, much appreciated!


Jan 21, 2023 at 09:21 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


A terrific set of images and thanks for sharing.

Derek



Feb 04, 2023 at 08:16 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Love the lighting and exposure , beautiful capture!


Feb 10, 2023 at 03:53 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Peruvian Amazon: Manu Part II


Wow...not sure how to feel re the skink and spider. Not clear how you impacted things, and certainly not clear that you did anything wrong, but as you say, a reminder that what we do matters, sometimes in ways we can never know or detect.


Feb 10, 2023 at 06:26 PM





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