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Side Necked Turtles - Two Hundred Years Ago

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Kurt Holle posted in Turtles

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Our guides spot and point at little side necked turtles (taricayas, Podocnemis unifilis) on the Tambopata River. Sometimes, lines of yellow butterflies flutter above their eyes, trying to lick them. It is an iconic image much like the macaw clay lick or the panoramic of the rain forest canopy.

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Amazon Rainforest Fragrance Extraction

[fa icon="calendar'] May 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz

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Fragrance extraction refers to the extraction of aromatic compounds from raw materials, using methods such as  distillationsolvent extractionexpression, or  enfleurage. The results of the extracts are either  essential oilsabsolutesconcretes, or  butters, depending on the amount of  waxes in the extracted product.
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Top Jungle Critter Encounters in 2015 - Tambopata, Peru

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in Insects

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Welcome to the Amazon Rainforest

I've been fortunate this past year to log so much time in the Amazon rainforest. It can be a tough environment for extended trips; it's hot, you're in a perpetual state of sogginess from the humidity and sporadic downpours, and there are bugs constantly attempting to withdraw your blood. With that being said, the Amazon rainforest is also an unbelievably amazing place, as the jungle hosts some of the most incredible views and creatures I've ever laid eyes upon. Below you'll find a selection of my favorite jungle critter encounters from 2015, hope you enjoy!


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Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Discovery in the Amazon of a New Caterpillar-Ant-Parasitic Plant Relationship

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz

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“Huh, that’s weird”, I muttered as I trudged through the mud in the rainforest. Even though the sun was setting, it was still hot and steamy, and sweat was dripping into my eyes as I stared at a tree with bizarre yellow outgrowths...

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Look, Don't Touch. The Spiny, Bright & Venomous Caterpillars of Peru

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in Caterpillars, Insects, Donald Trump

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When you think of a caterpillar, your mind usually turns to an image of a plump little grub-like insect with stubby legs, happily munching away on a leaf. But caterpillars in the jungle don't mess around. Surrounded by predatory spiders, ants, birds and lizards, it's a wonder how any caterpillar reaches its final butterfly or moth form.

While many caterpillars remain remarkably cryptic, blending in with their environment, some take the opposite approach. Evolution has carved out warrior-like caterpillars that don spiny armor plastered in bright warning colors. To pack on an extra punch, many of these caterpillars harbor venom-tipped spines that will leave the attacker, or unfortunate human, with a painful skin rash and in some caseseven death.

I'm always fascinated yet cautious when I encounter these caterpillars in the wild, so here are some of the coolest looking Lepidoptera larvae I've encountered trekking through the Peruvian Amazon.

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Epic Camera Trap Photos From The Peruvian Amazon + Termites Attack!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photography, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, camera trap

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TAMBOPATA, PERU 

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Uncovering a Glowing Mystery at the Refugio Amazonas Lodge

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in glow worms, biolomuniscens

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35 Awesome Photos of Rainforest Animals and Wildlife

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2014 9:00:00 PM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photos, wildlife, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, animals, Tambopata

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Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few weeks and took these incredible photos of Amazon rainforest wildlife.   

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We Solved An Amazon Rainforest Mystery (w/Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2013 6:00:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in spider, rainforest, Silkhenge spider, Mysterious spider, arachnid

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About six months ago, graduate student Troy Alexander took photos of this odd structure. What was it? The images went viral and neither the internet nor experts could figure it out.

 

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What the heck is going on in this picture?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2013 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Torres posted in amphibians, Bizarre animal behavior, cane toad eating a bat, toad predation on a bat, bats, rainforest wildlife

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This toad appears to be a fan of Star Wars... or is it using blinders...? or does it have giant ears...? or what is that sticking out of its mouth!?

 

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Ever dreamed of discovering a new species?

At Rainforest Expeditions, our team discovers about 10 new species a month! We've launched a new project called Wired Amazon, connecting you with our scientists and their amazing projects. Learn more about Wired Amazon

 

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