Thursday, November 4, 2010

Traveling Lightly

Well, yes, the rumor floating around is true: my suitcase didn't go with us to Ecuador. And do you know what? It wasn't a problem! Amazing what we can get along without, in a pinch! Alan lent me an over-sized field shirt, and my Birkenstock sandals did quite well on those forest trails.

I'll put together some posts on Ecuador over the next week, but in the meanwhile––to whet your appetites!––here are a couple of moth photos taken at Wildsumaco. Have you ever seen anything so wild as the fur-coated green one? The second is a small, exquisite, day-flying moth which was flying along the F.A.C.E. (fah-say) Trail. If any moth experts out there can name these beasts, I'd appreciate hearing from you!

Moths at Wildsumaco (Photos by Narca)
Ceroctena amynta, a Noctuid moth
(Thanks to Sherry Nelson for identifying it!)

Erateina sp., a Geometrid moth 
(Thanks to Rich Hoyer for the ID to genus!)


  1. Wow, those moths are fantastic. I've never seen anything like the upper one. The bottom one I've seen exactly twice – it's in the genus Erateina and is (surprise) a Geometrid. I look forward to the rest of your photos.

  2. Hi Rich––they are superb, aren't they? Dinnertime at Wildsumaco was quite the moth event, frequently interrupted by forays outside to see what the lights had brought in. Thanks for the genus name. Pristine Urania moths were also much in evidence. Hope you're having grand adventures!