Day 2 – early morning update. Select pictures will be posted in the “Panama 2014” album on Flickr, linked here.
This morning we proceeded farther down the Pipeline Road, to the 5.8 km stop – Río Limbo. Dale located a young fer-de-lance snake right along the riverbed. Toucans and iguanas were also sighted. More photos of plants, animals, and the expedition group are coming on-line. The spectacular caterpillar in the featured image is likely a species in the saturniid moth genus Automeris Fabricius (resembling A. zugana, but the genus is diverse). The branched cuticular projections are not pleasant to the human skin.
The afternoon lecture gave us an overview of the climate in Panama in a global context. Around 3 pm it started raining cats and mice – good time for some down time in the Schoolhouse.