From August 5-19, 2017, my butterflying friend Rebecca and I went on a trip to Panama's Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge, and for the first time, the Canopy Camp. This was my fourth (and Rebecca's third) trip to the Canopy Family of ecolodges. Since our last trip in 2013, they've added the "Panama's Brilliant Butterflies" tour to their list of tours. This trip is led by their resident butterfly expert, Tino Sanchez, and usually their wildlife biologist, Jenn Sinasac. We'd butterflied with Tino at the Canopy Lodge before, but first met Jenn last Fall at the National Butterfly Center where she'd told us about this new tour that included all three lodges. On our trip, however, Jenn was busy making a baby, so Linda Harrison assisted Tino in helping us find and identify more than 350 species of butterflies. Following the trip, Linda and Tino were both quite helpful in identifying the butterflies in some of my photos that had me stumped.
Our trip once again was during Panama's "Green Season," and although it was even rainier than on any of my other trips, there were only one or two afternoons where it interrupted our plans. There were a couple of other unusual developments for this trip as well. First, our friend Steve from Houston had to cancel his trip at the last minute when he realized his passport was about to expire. We were also a little surprised that only 3 of us had signed up for the full two-week trip. We were joined on the first part at Canopy Lodge and Canopy Tower by three couples who'd just returned from birding at Canopy Camp and wouldn't be with us for that part. Nine other folks then joined us for the second week at Canopy Camp. All were fun to meet and spend time with, although a bit of an effort for me learning all those new names. And then there was Rebecca unfortunately breaking her leg with a couple of days still to go on the trip. No fun for her, but we made it home okay for her x-ray, diagnosis, and surgery within a few days of returning; it'll be a couple of months before she'll be back in action again for butterflies.
All pictures were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 and post-processed with Adobe Lightroom. This time, I started with about 1700 images, which finally got narrowed down to about 300. This first page shows a few pictures of some of the other critters and things we saw on the trip, some of which I've tried to identify. Page 2 has the Papilonidae (Swallowtails), Pieridae (Whites and Sulphurs), Lycaenidae (Blues and Hairstreaks), and Riodinidae (Metalmarks); page 3 the Nymphalidae (Brushfoots); and page 4 the Hesperiidae (Skippers). Page 5 has photos of a few butterflies that still need identification, and over time hope to merge into the other pages.
While I'm fairly certain on most of the identified butterflies, some are likely incorrect, and any corrections or suggestions for changes to any of them would be appreciated.
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