French Guiana October 2010

I was lucky enough to go on a weeklong trip to French Guiana from 1-8 October 2010. I tagged along with a group of serious entomologists, mostly associated with Yale's Peabody Collection. We largely patrolled the grounds and nearby forest of our lodge, the Amazone Nature Lodge located on Kaw Mountain at about 3000 feet elevation. Kaw Mountain is really a long ridge, and we searched both during the day in various habitats plus at night using mercury-vapor lamps. I mostly worked with Mike (see list below) as we tried various trails and streams either at the lodge or up to 6 km away. One day we took a boat trip on the Kaw River near the "town" of Kaw (7 Oct).

List of collectors, all dedicated entomologists:

Maishe Dickman
Bill and Suzanne Krinsky
Leonard and Maya Munstermann
Mike Thomas
Vic and Roanna DeMasi

If you mouse over the photo the date and image number will give you the location. Each image is a thumbnail, click on it to see the larger images. Most of the posed stuff was either caught by net in the field or came of one of the sheets at night.

Thanks to the following for ID help:
Beetles and insects in general: Bill Krinsky
Cerambycids: Roy Morris
Odonates: Marcel Wasscher
Birds and odonates: Dennis Paulson

Here are some photos from the trip...

Some of the boys: L-R: Bill, Giff, Maishe, Mike, Leonard (photo courtesy of Suzanne Krinsky)

  Mike, in hunting mode on 3 Oct

Mike and Giff at stream 1 on 3 Oct


One of the sheets, on 4 Oct

All at one of the sheets on 4 Oct.

Left column:
-Maishe and Giff, right before the Yankees ignominiously bowed out of the playoffs
-Bill with a Megasoma
-Katy burning Bill's shoulder to supposedly denature a wasp sting he has just received.. he reported the burns were worse than the sting
-Mike and Bill looking for promising specimens

Right column:
-Leonard inspecting a prize
-Vic, Maishe and Katy having a laugh
-Giff and Mike at the sheet


  Another mercury-vapor lamp setup, 6 Oct

One of the sheets, 6 Oct






The flat part to the trail to the lek, before it got tougher, and a sign at the lek. Mike, Katy and Maishe near the lek at a large cave.




  If we had to go anywhere we would pile in the back of this tough little Renault truck.

  The Munstermann lodge... Maya waving

The entire lodge is solar powered. Battery building on the left, solar panel on the right.

  Breakfast table: (L-R) Maishe, Bill, Suzanne, Vic, Roanna


Stream 1, 3 Oct

Stream 2 from 6 Oct.

Kaw River, 7 Oct


Class Arachnida, Order Aranae- Spiders

unk spider

Micrathena sp., posed


unk jumper


unk jumper, posed

unk jumper, posed

unk jumper, posed


unk jumper, posed


unk jumper


unk jumper, found along stream on eel-grass type of vegetation. Two seen on same plant at different parts of stream.

unk jumper from 10/5, posed

unk jumper, posed

unk jumper, same individual on the right posed on 10/7

Class Insecta


Order Odonata- Dragonflies and Damselflies    Many of these are not identified yet but we collected representatives of most of them, so we'll get the IDs eventually...


Heliocharis amazona

  Hetaerina sp.

  Hetaerina sp.

  Mnesarete sp.

  Argia sp.

  Argia sp.

  Argia sp.

  Argia sp.

  Heteragrion sp.

  Heteragrion ictericum

  Palaemnema sp.

Palaemnema brevignoni

  Neoneura sp.?


Staurophlebia sp.

Gynacantha membranalis


Phyllocycla sp.


Cacoides latro

  unk Zonophora sp. clubtail


  Aeschnosoma forcipula

Aeschnosoma forcipula. Female.


  Anatya guttata

  Anatya guttata

  Micrathyria sp.

  Micrathyria sp.

  Micrathyria sp.

  Micrathyria sp.

  Micrathyria very near didyma, possibly laevigata

Zenithoptera sp.

Zenithoptera sp.

  unk skimmer

  unk skimmer


Order Orthoptera- Crickets, Grasshoppers, Locusts

  Unk Monkey Grasshopper in family Eumastacidae

Proscopiidae sp. Grasshopper. These Stick-like Grasshoppers are commonly called "Jumping Sticks" and they are fabulous stick mimics.

  Unk Katydid


Cycloptera speculata. Ridiculously good leaf mimic Katydid, posed.

  Wasp Mimic Katydid, posed    Aganacris pseudosphex male. (Tettigoniidae)



Order Dictyoptera- Cockroaches, Mantids

  Unk Mantid sp., posed

  Unk Roach sp.



Order Hemiptera- True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids, and Allies

Suborder Auchenorrhyncha - Free-living Hemipterans

  Leafhopper- posed

Leafhopper, posed

Leafhopper, posed

  Leafhopper, posed

  Leafhopper, posed

  Leafhopper sp.

Leafhopper sp, posed

  Leafhopper sp, posed

  Leafhopper sp.


  Fulgorid Planthopper

Pterodictya reticulata

  Fulgorid Planthopper

  nymph Fulgorid Planthopper

  Unk Treehopper sp.

Odontoptera carrenoi Treehopper. Amazing dead leaf mimic., posed

Posed Membracid Bocydium globulare



Suborder Heteroptera - True Bugs

  This Coreid was pretty obvious...

  Diactor bilineatus, Leaf-footed Bug (Coreidae)

  This posed Reduviid is Manicocoris rufipes. It is a "Resin Bug" that collects resin from trees to aid in capture of stingless bees (Trigona sp). We found it and others hanging out on one tree in the forest with a resin well.



Order Neuroptera- Lacewings, Antlions, Mantis Flies

Ant-mimic Mantisipid

Same Mantisipid as yesterday, but now posed. In #50 it is drinking water from the surface of the leaf.



Order Coleoptera- Beetles    We looked for tigers, but did not find any.

  possibly Chrysina sp.

  Posed Megasoma acteon female

  Chrysomelid sp.

  Unk Tortoiseshell Beetle sp.

  Posed Batus barbicornis. SpecTACular Long-horn.

  Ant-mimic Cerambycid Beetle Appula sp.

  Unk Brentid weevil, posed

  Taeniotes sp. Cerambycid Beetle, posed

  Posed Lampyrid Beetle,  Apisoma sp.

Posed Megasoma acteon male

  Myoxomorpha funestra  Cerambycid, posed



Order Diptera- True Flies, Mosquitoes

  Unk Flies

Unk Leptogaster sp.

  Unk Andrenosoma sp., posed



Order Lepidoptera- Butterflies, Moths

  Unk Heliconian

  Unk Hairstreak

  Blue Morpho, possibly achilles

  Unk Hairstreak

  Unk Butterfly

  Unk Hairstreak

  Unk Hairstreak

  Unk Heliconia sp.

  Unk butterfly


  Poor photo of a moth that mimics jumping spiders on leaf surfaces


Unk Moth

  Emergent Moth sp.

  Unk Moth sp.

  Unk Moth sp... I think

  Unk Moth sp., posed

  Gorgonidia buckleyi whitfordi, posed

  Unk Moth sp.

  Lampyrid mimic moth, posed

Crastoplastis diluta

  Unk moth, posed


Geometrid caterpillar, posed. Jumping spider mimic, maybe.

  Sphinx caterpillar, posed

  Unk caterpillar

  Unk caterpillar

  Unk caterpillar

  Unk Caterpillar

  Unk Looper Caterpillar

  Unk Caterpillar, posed

  probable Megalapodid caterpillar, posed

  Unk Caterpillar sp.

  similar to Tetrio Sphinx, Giant Gray Sphinx, Frangipani Hornworm, Pseudosphinx tetrio. Posed.



  Unk larvae, may or may not be Lepidoptera

Order Hymenoptera- Bees, Ants, Wasps, Hornets

  Unk Ant

  Bullet Ant, unk sp.

  Apoica pallens. Fascinating nest-guarding behavior.




  Unk gecko that lived in our kitchen.

Class Aves- Birds   We saw about 60 species, heard many more, but only got decent shots of a few... most of the time I had macro lenses on and couldn't get the bird shots. Most of the shots here were from the boat ride along the Kaw River. Except for C-O-T-R, all shots from 7 Oct are along the river.

  Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)

  Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus). We had at least one or two over the camp every day, max of 8 at once.


Azure Gallinule (Porphyrula flavirostris)

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica). These had probably recently arrived from their nonstop flight from the NE US or Maritimes... I think they are all adults in various stages of molt.


Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana). Adult on left and juvenile on right.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

  Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia)

White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis). Two shots of the same juvenile on the left and an adult on the right.

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

Yellow-billed Tern (Sterna superciliaris). Not positive these aren't Least Terns, but seem to be Yellow-billed.

Great Ani (Crotophaga major)

  Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)


Blackish Nightjar Caprimulus nigriscens I think. Unk sex on a nest, but probably the male.

  Blackish Nightjar Caprimulus nigriscens I think. Same nest but the other sex, at night..

  Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)

  White-headed Marsh-Tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala)

Guianan Cock of the Rock (Rupicola rupicola)

These were at a lek near the lodge. It was pretty dark in there, and we didn't want to use flash, so these are a little soft. But what a bird!

  Black-capped Donacobius (Donacobius atricapillus)

  Red-breasted Blackbird (Sturnella militarus)

  Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela)



Class Mammalia- Mammals

Yellow-legged Tamarin. They were around the lodge just about daily, but tough to get shots of...

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