Back to the Jungle: Thank you Lary Reeves and Phil Torres

It’s been quite a week at Real Scientists as Phil Torres teamed up with Lary Reeves in the Peruvian Amazon and brought us a week chock-full of the most awesome animal spottings and a feel for what field work in one of the planet’s most important tropical rain forests is like.

We were treated, after some slightly terrifying photos of clawless-scorpions-on-faces, real macaws in the wild:

Macaws in the wild, copyright Phil Torres

Macaws in the wild, copyright Phil Torres

The parade of  insects began with a greeting from our insect overlord:

 

Our Probosciid Grasshopper Overlord, © Lary Reeves

Our Probosciid Grasshopper Overlord, © Lary Reeves

The..um..Thing:

Thing © Phillip Torres

Thing © Phillip Torres

And many, many glorious monkey shots:

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We got an awesome insight into field work as the crew climbed up trees, into mud pits and wandered the jungle in daylight and night time to search for new species, new samples and new animal behaviours – while ill, in Lary’s case.

Brothers in Arms: This is Phil carrying Lary because Lary cannot get his legs wet © Phil Torres

Brothers in Arms: This is Phil carrying Lary because Lary cannot get his legs wet © Phil Torres

So thank you, Lary and Phil for such an entertaining week – straight from the jungle:

Besties: Lary and Phil

Besties: Lary and Phil

There were also many other critters, including many spiders and frogs and more monkeys. So thank you, Lary and Phil for another spectacular week live front he jungle. Be sure to checkout the Storifys if you missed out on any of the tweets: Storify Part 1  Part 2 . 

And then, of course, there was this: coming tantalisingly close to discovering what critter makes these:

© Phillip Torres

© Phillip Torres

 

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, Phil and Lary weren’t able to make their big announcement about the strange structures first reported by Wired during their time on RS.  However,  keep following Real Scientists and we’ll be sure to update you when the story breaks officially!

You can  follow the continuing adventures of Lary on twitter at @BioDiversiLary and Phil at @phil_torres.  You can also find out more about the Tambopata project and work at Peru Nature  because we, too:

© Phillip Torres

© Phillip Torres

 

 

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