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Starry Night Cracker

Hamadryas laodamia laodamia

Description:

Starry Night Cracker (Hamadryas laodamia laodamia), male, Ceiba Tops, Indiana, Loreto, Amazonia, Peru

Notes:

Hamadryas are called Cracker due to the ability of the males to produce a "cracking" sound with some little rods next to their abdomen. Sounds like electrostatic discharge or crispy bacon in the fryer. It is supposed to be a warning sound for other approaching males. Taking pictures in the rainforest aera is quite tricky because they usually are hanging around on top of the canopy or at least 10 m above the camera. The can stay their for a long time, always head down to spot potential mates. This is not the shot I would expected, the sharpness is not over all the best.

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20 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Superb. You wouldn't think it could be the same from above and below.

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 9 years ago

@BearMaryAnnBrunson. My guess is that it is not a bullet ant - it seems too small relative to the size of the butterfly? Maybe Bayucca can tell us approximately how big this butterfly actually is. Bullet ants are about an inch long.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

@BearMary: I do not know if this has been a bullet ant. I only know that these are the real challenge in the rainforest and not tarantulas, venemous snakes & Co.!

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Posts from the field?? Sounds cool!! You need my mobile phone number?? ;-)...

BearMaryAnnBrunson
BearMaryAnnBrunson 9 years ago

Is that a Bullet Ant on the tree near it?

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 9 years ago

Hi Bayucca! Thanks for your great notes on your postings to this mission. We are working with Project Noah to create an "Amazon Week" in July when we will have students and teachers in Peru. I'll keep you posted on the details, but we would love to have your contributions and help with IDs as we post from the field. BTW, I shared your spotting on our Facebook Page today too!

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

:-))!

remco.douma
remco.douma 9 years ago

So language-wise practically neighbors. Even so, my high school German is a bit "rostig" so I'll stick to English ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Bitte! I am originally from the eastern part of Switzerland, but now I am living in the famous Emmental, between Berne and Lucerne, so German speaking.

remco.douma
remco.douma 9 years ago

Haha, bitte sehr or s'il vous plait, not sure what part of Switzerland you're from ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Dank u wel, Remco!

remco.douma
remco.douma 9 years ago

Beautiful...

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Thanks Melissa for your visits and nice comments! I am glad you like my spottings.

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 9 years ago

Very interesting notes and beautiful photographs!

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 10 years ago

" there are stars in there"! From Odyssey 2001...

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Beautiful - & what an appropriate name!

bayucca
bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks Alice. Can you imagine how a bird will be frighten when this one is suddenly open its wings and this bright blue spots come along? Although this butterfly stays often with open wings and head down on a trunk, this surprise method function and is imitated by many other butterflies.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

It seems colorful on both sides of the wings! Lovely!

bayucca
bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks, Nicholas!

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 10 years ago

a beauty!

bayucca
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Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jan 13, 2007
Submitted on Jan 13, 2012

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