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Aaron Pomerantz

Aaron Pomerantz
Entomologist and Rainforest Expeditions brand ambassador

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Amazon Rainforest Fragrance Extraction

[fa icon="calendar'] May 6, 2016 10:00:00 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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What's this Bizarre Katydid Parasite in Tambopata?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2016 8:33:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in katydid

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Some of my favorite hikes take place late at night in Tambopata. The rainforest bursts with wildlife activity after things cool down from the scorching hot afternoon. Nonstop mating calls pierce the air from frogs and crickets. Night also happens to be the best time to see weird stuff...

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Top Jungle Critter Encounters in 2015 - Tambopata, Peru

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 30, 2015 10:00:00 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 10:00:00 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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Rise of the Orb-Weaver Spiders

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in spider, evolution, orb spider

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Spiders! They’re creatures you’re almost certain to see in the Peruvian Amazon, whether you like it or not.

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 23, 2015 10:00:00 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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HarpyCam - Tambopata AmazonCam

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