Documenting nature in the Amazon through photographs and sketches

flowers

Red flower

We saw many flowers like this, however most of them were up on the trees where the vines tangle around and go up into the canopy.   This vine was growing on the floor next to the dirt road and we could take a close look at it.  Many ants were on the flower, and some bees were visiting it too.

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maracuya

A beautiful flower from our patio.

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leaf-cutter ant

One of the reasons I was so excited to come live here in Manaus was for all the insects I could encounter here.  However, there are some that have given us trouble, and I’m thinking about ants.  There are many species of ants in the garden and house, some are eating one of the bedroom doors, others decided that they like the dog food and sometimes the plate is covered with ants and other little ones just like sweet stuff, but those don’t bother me that much, except when my juice glass gets covered by them.  Then there are many others in the garden.  Those that like dog food, seem to like everything, I have seen them taking chicken feathers into their nest.  but the worst are leaf-cutter ants!  They have cut leaves of so many of our plants, just in one night the hibiscus were without leaves, and then they went for the nonis, and they have also gone up the mango tree.  However, with so many of them I had the chance to practice taking photographs of moving insects. It has been complicated as they move so fast and so much.  It’s the first time I try using a white background thanks to some macrophotography tips shared by my friend The Bug Geek.

Atta leaf-cutter ant

Jardim Paulista, Manaus

This is a leaf-cutter ant of the Atta genus, (Hymenoptera, Myrmicinae, Attini).


a few sketches

I’ve started sketching insects from the garden, here are a few.



We have a few floating plants in the garden pond.  The flowers only last for a day; they are pretty purple with a yellow spot in the middle (I will try to do a sketch with color next time there is a flower).