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Aaron Pomerantz

Aaron Pomerantz
Entomologist and Rainforest Expeditions brand ambassador

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Putting a Foldable Microscope to the Test in the Amazon

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 7, 2015 12:25:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in foldscope

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Discovering the Foldscope

A couple of months ago, I received an interesting package in the mail. It looked like a standard manila envelope, but inside was a device that could quite possibly revolutionize the way we view the microscopic world. I’m referring to the Foldscope, an origami-based optical microscope that is small enough to fit inside your pocket. The real kicker: the entire cost of the instrument is less than one dollar.

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Purple “Donald Trump” Caterpillar Spotted at the Tambopata Research Center

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in caterpillar, Donald Trump, Donald trump caterpillar

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It’s not something your cat coughed up. And no, it’s not really Donald Trump’s hair. It’s actually a caterpillar that sports a toupée of highly toxic venom-tipped spines. Also known as the puss caterpillar or flannel moth, this neotropical species belongs to the family Megalopygidae. Jeff and Phil reported on an interesting yellow larva a couple of years ago near the Posada Amazonas Lodge. We spotted this furry purple beauty in December 2014 near the Tambopata Research Center on a day hike and had to stop for a mini photo shoot.

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Bioluminescence in the Peruvian Amazon - Like the Avatar Movie, but in Real Life

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2015 8:29:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in Insects

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If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, Avatar, you may have enjoyed the lush extraterrestrial glowing rainforest. But the glowing rainforest that I experienced was real, and it occurred in the Peruvian Amazon of Tambopata this past March.

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Journey to a Rare Harpy Eagle Nest

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2015 12:32:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in Harpy Eagle

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Timing is everything in the Amazon rainforest. So when Jeff and I heard that there was a harpy eagle nest near the Refugio Amazonas Jungle Lodge, we knew that we had a narrow window of opportunity to see these rare birds caring for their young.

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We found (and yelled at) a crazy tentacled caterpillar

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2015 8:35:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in Caterpillars

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On my recent travels through the Peruvian Amazon, I came upon the craziest caterpillar that I have ever seen, and subsequently yelled at it for hours.  

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Portraits with One of the World’s Deadliest Spiders

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2015 2:54:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz

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As biologists and general biodiversity enthusiasts, coming across something as impressive as a Wandering Spider for the first time was quite an experience. It can be mildly alarming how abundant Wandering Spiders (Phoneutria spp.) are in the lowland Amazon, seemingly perched on every other leaf along the trail.

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HarpyCam - Tambopata AmazonCam

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