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

 

 

Welcome (back) to the jungle: Phil Torres and Lary Reeves tweet for us from the Peruvian Amazon

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Earlier in the year we had conservation biologist, entomologist and all-round good guy Phil Torres tweeting for us from his adventures in the jungles of Peru, which was implausibly brilliant. Those of you who were with us in March will remember Phil; here’s a link to the bio post we put together at the time, Upulie‘s forlorn farewell post, and the superb Storify archive of Phil’s week on the account, assembled by Sarah. For those who’ve joined us since then, and missed out: you’re in luck. Phil’s back. And this time he brought company. Joining Phil in exploring the Amazonian wilderness – and in curating RealScientists this coming week – is University of Florida graduate student Lary Reeves, aka @BioDiversiLary.

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Lary’s interests are in conservation biology and biodiversity, which he’s studied in systems as (bio)diverse as flying foxes, butterflies and tortoises, from Florida to New York to the Phillippines. Like Phil – and colleague/mentor/fellow former curator Dr Andy Warren – Lary’s research passion is finding and identifying rare and novel insect species. Occasionally, with his face.

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While this will be Lary’s first stint on RealScientists, it’s not his first stint in the Amazon. He comes prepared…

…so there’s not much else to say but prepare yourselves for another amazing week of live-tweeted fieldwork on RealScientists!