Archive for December, 2014

Another orchid species documented

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

deck orchid 3

deck orchid 1

deck orchid 2

This species flowers in Oct/Nov.

Current gallery images or orchids and other flora and fauna can be found at: http://www.mounttotumas.com/#!flora-and-fauna/c1laj

Cascade Trail at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

water fall
40 foot falls along the cascade trail

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Native begonia species growing in the mist coming off the falls

falls creek 3 Old growth fig tree downstream from falls

fungi mount totumas cascade tral Fungi growing on dead log along the Cascade Trail

mount totumas Cloud forest begonia Another species of begonia currently in bloom.

A short 2.2km loop trail of moderate difficulty through riparian habitat and two waterfalls. Sections of the trail are slippery and steep and require surefooted hikers. An old growth fig tree near the confluence of the stream and the Rio Colorado is a great spot for birding and having lunch. Quetzals and Black Guan are common. Collared Peccaries have made game trails in this area. The open sections of the trail have spectacularviews of La Amistad and when you reach canopy level in the open areas this is a great place to sit quietly and look for monkeys and mixed species flocks of birds in the canopy.

Today’s Harvest

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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Brought in from our gardens and orchards today; Lemons (look like tangerines) Cherimoyas, onions and a big squash that grew in our compost heap. Cherimoyas are related to Soursap, pond apple, custard apple (Annonaceae). We have a bumper crop this year.

Sematuridae : Neotropical family of Moths

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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The Sematuridae are mainly a neotropical family of moths, many members are diurnal and have interesting color patterns. To date we have discovered 4 species here at Mount Totumas. They are not common. These specimens came to the lights at night.

sematuridae 1

Host plants the larvae feed on are Gesneriaceae, Piperaceae and Solanaceae.

sematuridae 3

Members of this family often have tails on hindwings.

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