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Philip Davison Nature Diaries. Bosque del Cabo Rain Forest Lodge.

Felipe del Bosque Blog Aug 26 2010

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For the most part, if you are a new visitor or maybe even a frequent visitor to the tropics, you are going to be amazed by the number and variety of plants and animals you will encounter.  It doesn’t matter if looking at trees, birds, butterflies or frogs, when you come into the tropics you enter a different realm of figures.  At Bosque del Cabo, Costa Rica, your attention is most likely going to caught by the monkeys, (all four species in abundance), Scarlet Macaws, (the Osa has the second largest breeding colony in the world), toucans, agoutis and coatis, all of which are probably going to be new to you.  But if, after a while you start to re-adjust your focus, you will find another world opening up before you, the abode of countless insects, spiders, lizards and snakes.  It is a fascinating place to explore; the life of many of its denizens rivals anything that could be dreamed up in the minds of the greatest science fiction writers.

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The unmistakable Cannonball Tree, (Couroupita guianensis), belongs to the Brazil nut family, Lecythidaceae.  The tree is named from the large cannonball fruits that grow on a large jumble of flowering stalks coming  from the trunk of the tree below the leafy branches.  Prior to fruiting, the tree will have flowered and these flowers have an interesting ecology.  They are large with pinky orange petals and do not produce nectar.  Rather they emit a heavy rich sweet scent which attracts insects, the main pollinators being bees.  The centre of the flower has a C –shaped fleshy structure lined with stamen.  Insects attracted by the scent enter the structure and are rewarded with a meal of sterile pollen produced by the anthers in the structural hood.  In the meantime the back of the insect will be dusted with fertile pollen from the anthers on the base.  Off they fly, transfer the pollen and pollinate the tree.  Plants strategies for survival deserve a lot more respect and credit than we give them.

Species List for the Day

Mammals

Howler Monkey

Capuchin Monkey

White-nosed Coati

Birds

Mealy Amazons

Scarlet Macaws

Purple-crowned Fairy

Stripe-throated Hermit

Chestnut-backed Antbirds

Black-hooded Antshrike

White-tipped Dove

Chestnut-mandibled Toucans

Red-capped Manakin

Blue-grey Tanager

Tennessee Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Yellow-headed Caracara

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Great Tinamou

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Reptiles

Common Basilisk

Four-lined Ameiva

Northern Cat-eyed Snake

Parrot Snake

Amphibians

Marine Toad

Red-eyed Green Treefrog

Parachuting Red-eyed Green Treefrog

Banana Frog

Masked Treefrog

Smokey Jungle Frog

Fitzingers Rainfrog

Tink Frog

Black and Green Poison Arrow Frog

Butterflies

Glutophrissa drusilla

Heliconius erato

Heliconius hecale

Heliconius sapho

Hermeuptychia hermes

Pyrgus oileus

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