Haven’t figured out what this adorable but huge ant-like insect is… my money is on some species of female flightless wasp.
Maquipucuna, Ecuador

Haven’t figured out what this adorable but huge ant-like insect is… my money is on some species of female flightless wasp.

Maquipucuna, Ecuador

Beauty that comes in the size of your pinky nail…  Weevil, Maquipucuna, Ecuador.

Beauty that comes in the size of your pinky nail…  Weevil, Maquipucuna, Ecuador.

Stink Bug, possibly a predatory species in Maquipucuna, Ecuador. 

Stink Bug, possibly a predatory species in Maquipucuna, Ecuador. 

newagenaturalist:

Can anyone tell me what species this is? They were humungous and especially freaky because they were on the roof of a cave.

Camel Cricket, aka Cave Cricket.  No idea what species, as that would require an expert, but I hope a general ID will suffice.  

newagenaturalist:

Can anyone tell me what species this is? They were humungous and especially freaky because they were on the roof of a cave.

Camel Cricket, aka Cave Cricket.  No idea what species, as that would require an expert, but I hope a general ID will suffice.  

Net-winged Beetle.

Maquipucuna, Ecuador.

Net-winged Beetle.

Maquipucuna, Ecuador.

You couldn’t touch any of the Ecuadorian caterpillars, many of them had irritating, and even poisonous hairs.  I had no idea whether this was one, so we took precautions!

You couldn’t touch any of the Ecuadorian caterpillars, many of them had irritating, and even poisonous hairs.  I had no idea whether this was one, so we took precautions!

I’ll start to post some of the 7000+ photos I took in Ecuador slowly…I have enough bug photos to keep this blog going for years to come!  There was so much beauty and diversity my head could have exploded… I hope you enjoy!

I’ll start to post some of the 7000+ photos I took in Ecuador slowly…I have enough bug photos to keep this blog going for years to come!  There was so much beauty and diversity my head could have exploded… I hope you enjoy!

Some species of tropical big-legged plant bug in the family Coreidae.
Maquipucna, Ecuador. 

Some species of tropical big-legged plant bug in the family Coreidae.

Maquipucna, Ecuador. 

Went to get my car washed and decided to swing into the tattoo shop while I waited.  In celebration of my newly completed BS in evolution and inspired by my recent visit to The Galapagos….

Went to get my car washed and decided to swing into the tattoo shop while I waited. In celebration of my newly completed BS in evolution and inspired by my recent visit to The Galapagos….

Some species of Shield Mantis posing beautifully in Maquipacuna, Ecuador

Some species of Shield Mantis posing beautifully in Maquipacuna, Ecuador