Lepidoptera

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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Butterflies (Lepidoptera)

Nymphalidae

The brushfoots (Family Nymphalidae) count among the more prominent butterflies in Nicaragua. More than a dozen brushfoot species have been documented in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve; several brushfoot species are abundant during the corresponding appropriate season. Most of the brushfoots are attracted to rotting fruit, so these butterflies may abound during the dry season, when some tree fruits ripen and large quantities of fruit may be rotting on the forest floor.

Nature photography with nymphalid butterflies as subjects can be relatively easy. A tripod can aid in getting high resolution photography of these butterflies on the ground when they are feeding on rotting fruit. More than a dozen species of Nymphalidae (the brushfoot family) are found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Here are photographs of a few of the more common butterflies from this family in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

Caligo memnon

Giant Owl Butterfly, Caligo memnon (Family Nymphalidae, Subfamily Brassolini) dorsal view.


Caligo memnon

Giant Owl Butterly, Caligo memnon, ventral view.


Simple checkerspot

Simple Checkerspot, Chlosyne hippodrome, dorsal view.


simple checkerspot

Simple Checkerspot, Chlosyne hippodrome, ventral view.


Butterflies

Guatemalan Cracker, Hamadryas guatemalena, dorsal view.


Hamadryas

Guatemalan Cracker, Hamadryas guatemalena, ventral view.


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Hamadryas guatemalena

The environment of Laguna de Apoyo is natural and nearly unspoiled.

 

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Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties of plants for reforestion.

 

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The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.

 

Nymphalidae in Nicaragua

Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo by Belen Camino.

 

Caligo memnon

Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

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Many species of snakes and other wildlife are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.

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This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first of its species to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.