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Amazon Insects

By Rhett Butler [citation]

Over 90% of the animal species in the Amazon are insects.
  • Whereas all of Europe has some 321 butterfly species, the Manu National Park in Peru (4000 hectare-survey) has 1300 species, while Tambopata National Park (5500 hectare-survey) has at least 1231 species.
  • Around 25% of the world's 2 million described animals species are beetles (Coleoptera).
  • The Longhorn Beetle (Titanus giganteus) can have a body length (not including antennae) of over 6.5 inches (16 cm),
  • A single square mile of rainforest often houses more than 50,000 insect species
  • Some scientists estimate that 30% of the animal biomass of the Amazon Basin is made up of ants.

The Amazon rainforest may house as many as 2.5 million species of insects, although only a tiny fraction of this number have been described by scientists.

Pictures of Amazonian Insects and other Invertebrates:


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Owl butterfly (Caligo idomeneus)
Owl butterfly (Caligo idomeneus)


Rhetus periander butterfly
Rhetus periander butterfly


Clear-winged Cithaerias pireta butterfly feeding on dung
Clear-winged Cithaerias pireta butterfly feeding on dung


Colorful, but known grasshopper-like insect
Colorful, but known grasshopper-like insect


Black grasshopper with indigo blue eyes and yellow polkadots
Black grasshopper with indigo blue eyes and yellow polkadots


Unknown insect
Unknown insect


Ceiba borer beetle
Ceiba borer beetle


Biblis hyperia butterfly, brown to black with red on its wings
Biblis hyperia butterfly, brown to black with red on its wings


Lycorea halia butterfly
Lycorea halia butterfly


Owl butterfly
Owl butterfly


Round black fury caterpillar
Round black fury caterpillar


Shitzu-like caterpillar, white and yellow fur
Shitzu-like caterpillar, white and yellow fur


Red-orange, black, white, and maroon caterpillar on underside of leaf
Red-orange, black, white, and maroon caterpillar on underside of leaf



Blue Morpho



Red, black, yellow, and white caterpillar


Orange and yellow beetle with black spots


Red insect


Brown spider


Rasberry dragonfly


Green and brown grasshopper with yellow markings and a black head


Green grasshopper


Black, orange, and light blue butterfly on a Heliconia leaf


Green and brown grasshopper with yellow markings and a black head


Thin spider in the Amazon


Green grasshopper

Owl butterfly (Caligo idomeneus)
Owl butterfly (Caligo idomeneus)


Phoebis philea and Anteos menippe butterflies in large group feeding on minerals in mud
Phoebis philea and Anteos menippe butterflies in large group feeding on minerals in mud


Mass of caterpillars
Mass of caterpillars


Small red and black beetle
Small red and black beetle


Heliconius sara butterfly
Heliconius sara butterfly


Black moth with orange and green markings
Black moth with orange and green markings


Multi-colored butterfly on a beach (unknown species)
Multi-colored butterfly on a beach (unknown species)



Iguazu Butterflies



Red, black, and white butterfly


Clear-wing butterfly (Pseudohaeterea hypaesia) in Colombia


Transparent butterfly of the Nymphalidae family (Subfamily Satyrinae)


Nymphalidae transparent-winged butterfly in a Colombian cloud forest


Wasps' nest


Black, blue, and orange butterfly in Colombia


Multicolored grasshopper


Green spiny caterpillar


Zig zag beetle


Brown grasshopper


Light green colored cricket


Green katydid


Brown walking stick

Leaf-mimicking insect
Leaf-mimicking insect


Turquoise shield bug with orange legs
Turquoise shield bug with orange legs


Blue-eyed butterfly
Blue-eyed butterfly


Insect
Insect


Red-orange beetle
Red-orange beetle


Hot pink and turquoise insect
Hot pink and turquoise insect


Leaf-mimicking praying mantis
Leaf-mimicking praying mantis


Leaf-mimicking praying mantis
Leaf-mimicking praying mantis


Leaf-mimicking praying mantis
Leaf-mimicking praying mantis


Ant
Ant


Orange and black insect (planthopper?)
Orange and black insect (planthopper?)



Tiger Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius hecale)



Clear-wing butterfly


Insect nymph
Insect nymph


Orange-pink and yellow leafhopper
Orange-pink and yellow leafhopper


Meneria Metalmark (Amarynthis meneria)
Meneria Metalmark (Amarynthis meneria)


Yellow and black banded caterpillar
Yellow and black banded caterpillar


Multi-colored grasshoppers mating
Multi-colored grasshoppers mating


Wolf spider
Wolf spider


Rainforest spider
Rainforest spider


Camouflaged praying mantis on tree trunk
Camouflaged praying mantis on tree trunk


Giant walking stick insect with a person's hand for scale
Giant walking stick insect with a person's hand for scale


Tail-less whip scorpion (Amblypygid sp)
Tail-less whip scorpion (Amblypygid sp)


Green, teal, blue, pruple, red, and black insect in Peru
Green, teal, blue, pruple, red, and black insect in Peru


Turquoise fly with black wings and bright red eyes
Turquoise fly with black wings and bright red eyes


Unknown insect
Unknown insect


Giant stick insect
Giant stick insect


Walking stick insects mating
Walking stick insects mating


Small green, gold, and brown scorpion
Small green, gold, and brown scorpion


Red rainforest crab
Red rainforest crab


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Butterfly in the Amazon rainforest canopy


Giant black and red jungle tarantula


Poisonous caterpillar displaying its neon green but venomous spines


Butterfly



Pair of "rainbow" grasshoppers


Orange, green, black, yellow, and turquoise grasshopper


Colorful grasshopper


Black, blue, and yellow butterfly


Ants on a red-orange flower bud


Brown butterfly on the forest floor


Wasp in the Amazon rainforest



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