April 29 - May 7, 2000
Allen & Nancy Chartier
Beetles Lifers are in boldface,
Amphibians and unusual species are underlined.
|We didnít pay too much attention to identifying the
plants. There were many colorful Heliconias at various places, and the
most easily recognized tree were the Cecropias.
Orchid (Cleistes rosea) 
A colorful species in the widespread Melastome family was seen along the Choroni Road at Henri Pittier NP.
|Wandering Spider (Cupiennus salei)
This large (3 inches across the legs) spider was found in our shower and brought to the dinner table (in a jar) for all to enjoy!
|Dagger Wing (Marpesia chiron) 
This is the two-toned butterfly seen on the ground at the Rancho Grande Research Station at Henri Pittier NP. Another was seen at the San Isidro cloud forest.
Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon) 
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) 
Morpho (Morpho peleides) 
88 Butterfly (Callicore clymena) 
Ithomia sp. 
|Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)
A male and female at the crest of the Choroni Road at Henri Pittier NP. This is the only one of the three large beetles that we saw that is identifiable at this time. Family: Scarabeidae.
Long-horned Beetle 
Click Beetle 
Tiger Beetle 
|Tree Frog (Hyla crepitans) 
This is the species that was on the walls of the buildings at Hato el Cedral.
White-lipped Frog (Leptodactylus bolivianus) 
|Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) [1,500]
Very common at Hato el Cedral, and a few along
the roadsides in the low llanos.
Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius)  An endangered species. This large (15 foot?) crocodile was loafing on the shore of the Matiyure River where we saw it on our boat ride there.
Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)  A large (14 foot?) female was seen just off a dike relatively near the camp at Hato el Cedral. The next day, what was probably a different female (smaller) was seen in a breeding ball with at least 3-4 other males (smaller than females) near the same area.
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) 
Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus lemniscatus) 
Tegu Lizard (Tupinambis nigropunctatus) 
Gecko (Phyllodactylus ventralis) 
Llanos Sideneck Turtle (Podicnemis vogli) [5,000]
A total of 364 species was seen, which includes 37 life birds.
The list of birds is too extensive to display on this page. Click here to view the bird list and links to bird photos.
|Common (Black-eared) Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis)
Pointed out to us by our drivers as it was roosting in the dark recess of the buttresses of a tree in a Mata at Hato el Cedral. A different species from the one we have in Michigan (D. virginianus).
Nine-banded Long-nosed Armadillo
Southern Tamandua or Lesser Anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla)
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)  Most groups arehappy with a sighting of one Giant Anteater. We did really well in finding three in the llanos! The first one was seen from the dike on our first morning drive on the way to the Caicara River at Hato el Cedral. The second one was on our evening drive, again near the Caicara River, this time in a different area. This second one was seen distantly crossing the dike ahead of us. Some saw this one in the scope. As a finale, one was right beside the road in the low llanos fairly soon after we left Hato el Cedral.
Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) 
Red-tailed Squirrel (Sciurus granatensis) 
Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) [4,500] As expected, they were everywhere at Hato el Cedral. Not seen anywhere else.
Crab-eating (Savanna) Fox (Cerdocyon thous) 
White-lined Sac-winged Bat (Saccopteryx bilineata)  Several were seen roosting on a tree trunk in a Mata at Hato el Cedral. A couple more were roosting on a tree trunk on the edge of the camp, seen by Allen and Sue.
Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus)  Heard daily at Henri Pittier NP, and a couple seen briefly. Seen well in the gallery forest along the Caicara River at Hato el Cedral.
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 
Pink River Dolphin (Inia geoffroyensis)