Lepidopteran Dreams

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Meet Albert Thurman. He has been coming to Panama for almost 40 years doing research on Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and he organizes entomology nature tours 3-4 times a year. This is his 6th trip to Mount Totumas.

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Meet John McDonald. He has joined Albert on many of his trips and is an expert on the moths of Panama. John arrived a couple days
early and spent invaluable time going through our collection and correcting all the misplaced specimens!

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Meet Margarita, a student from Ecuador who is attending Mississippi State University and is focusing her studies on micro moths.

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Patience and a steady hand required!

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Bill and John looking at specimens

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At night our restaurant gets converted into an impromptu lab and freshly caught specimens are examined.

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Margarita on the left and Ana on the right. Ana is studying entomology at the University of Panama.

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Meet Tatiana. She currently lives with her husband Brian in Boquetee. They are both entomologists who come up and stay with us when
Albert visits. Tatiana creates beautiful original paintings of fauna of Panama and she has done a series of lepidoptera of Panama.
This painting is of a geometrid moth first collected here at Mount Totumas by Charles Covell of the McGuire Center in Gainsille Florida.
This species is new to science and is currently being described.

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New geometrid species from our collection.

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Alma and Tatiana displaying Tatiana’s work.

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The following images are from the collection here at Mount Totumas. All the insects displayed were only collected here at this single
location. This collection is a window revealing the immense biodiversity here in the cloud forest.

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Eribidae with Eulepidotinae (right hand columns)

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Sphingidae of Mount Totumas

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More Sphingidae of Mount Totumas

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Saturnidae of Mount Totumas

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More Saturnidae of Mount Totumas

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Eribidae; Catocalinae of Mount Totumas

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Sematuridae and Uraniidae of Mount Totumas

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Eribidae; Arctiinae of Mount Totumas

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More Arctiinae

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Geometridae of Mount Totumas

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More Geometridae of Mount Totumas

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Display of diverse beetles and other insects of Mount Totumas

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Misty new moon warm nights with no wind and this is what happens when you put up black lights and mecury vapor lamps.

One Response to “Lepidopteran Dreams”

  1. Albert Thurman says:

    When you have time to edit some text, please change “almost 40 years” to “over 42 years”, and get a more current photo of the cabin for the website. You still have the barren ground photo from right after it was built and it doesn’t look that inviting a place to stay. Now it has the lush growth there and is beautiful.

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