February 28 - March 10, 1998
Butterflies & Moths
Beetles Lifers are in boldface,
Dragonflies and unusual species are underlined.
A few orchids were seen in the Bellavista area, including species of Epidendrum, and Elleanthus. Many additional species of plants were found, a few of which are identified below.
Fiery Reed Orchid (Epidendrum ibaguense)
Poor-man's Umbrella (Gunnera sp.) were common at Bellavista and along the lower Chiriboga Road.
Silver-leafed Cecropia (Cecropia sp.) Was noted at around 6000' elevation, at the border of the Temperate and Subtropical zones, where it is an indicator species.
Cecropia (Cecropia peltata)
Paramo Grass (Stipa ichu)
Mountain Bamboo (Chusquea uniflora)
Lowland Bamboo (Bambusa quadua)
Puya (Puya hamata)
Mauritia Palm (Mauritia flexuosa)
Polylepis (Polylepis incana)
Datura tree (Datura arborea)
Datura tree (Datura sanguinea)
Ceiba or Kapok (Ceiba pentandra)
Lupine (Lupinus pubescens)
Paramo Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja pumila)
Paramo Sunflower (Culcitum reflexuum)
Calceolaria (Calceolaria crenata)
Gentian (Gentianella diffusa)
Green Gentian (Halenia meyeri)
|Several interesting and
colorful species were found along the various trails at Sacha.
|Butterflies & Moths|
Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)
Anartia fatima (Brown Peacock)
Urania fulgens (Urania moth)
A large (3-4") black Long-horned Beetle (family Cerambycidae, possibly Genus Psalidognathus) was found at Bellavista Lodge. PHOTO
A large aggregation of shiny blue beetles was seen on a Gunnera along the lower Chiriboga Road. PHOTO
A single species of dragonfly was photographed at
the boat dock at Sacha Lodge. It appears nearly identical to a
Michigan species in the Genus Perithemis. PHOTO
Many species of frogs were heard calling in the Sacha area, but were not seen so remain unidentified. There was a "whooping" frog that was probably Leptodactylus pentadactylus. A dull colored species of poison-arrow frog (Dendrobates femoralis) was heard calling in the forest at Sacha. Another frog giving a weird call was heard at Bellavista.
Several small skinks were seen in the leaf litter along the trails at Sacha, and a species of Anole (possibly Norops species) was captured by a White-fronted Nunbird on the canopy tower, and another was captured by Allen along the boardwalk as we departed.
A total of 406 species was recorded, with many participants finding 250+ life birds, and one person with 350+ lifers! Allen found 28 life birds. A good total of 225 species was recorded at Sacha Lodge.
The list of birds is too extensive to display on this page. Click here to view the bird list and links to bird photos.
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) 
Scoped from the tower at Sacha.
Fishing Bat (Noctilio leporinus) 
Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) 
Saddleback Tamarin (Sanguinus fuscicollis) 
Dusky Titi Monkey (Callicebus moloch) [2h]
Common Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciurius) 
Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus) 
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 
Northern Amazon Red Squirrel (Sciurus igniventris) 
Squirrel sp. (Microsciurus sp.?) 
Black Agouti (Dasyprocta fuliginosa) 
Forest Rabbit (Sylvilagus brasiliensis)