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I want to say it is a Syrphid fly (Syrphidae). The best diagnostic tool is the spurious wing vein (see: http://bugguide.net/node/view/240586), but it is hard to discern the separate wing veins in these pictures.
That's a morning glory of some kine, probably Ipomoea sp.
I'd say either Nelumbo lutea or Nymphaea odorata
You're right. I'm far more familiar with North American species, but I didn't think any Lonomia species traveled that far north.
ssp Astyanax :-) http://bugguide.net/node/view/1068003
Looks like a Dolomedes, most likely D. tenebrosus or D. albineus. http://bugguide.net/node/view/1985
I think it's a sphinx of some sort. You might be able to find something here: (http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/Sphinx/...)
I agree with that ID. Great shot.
It's probably something close to this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1245247
Looks like a rose family. I'll check my book and see if anything matches up.