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imagination²  Entomologist, conservationist, children education, PhD student collecting insects All photos are mine 🐝🐞🐜🌳margusvilbas@gmail.com

A view from Ile Royale to the Devil's Island.
Salvation's Islands (Iles du Salut) are a group of three small volcanic islands (Devil's island, Ile Royale and Saint-Joseph Island) off the coast of French Guiana. They were a part of a notorious penal colony from 1852-1953.
The islands were featured in the novel Papillon, by Henry Charriere who was imprisoned there for 9 years.
For cinema afficcionados, I recommend watching a movie adaptation (Papillon, 1973) of the novel starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

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Sunset in Kaw Mountains, French Guiana. The majority of beautiful creatures You have seen on my page come from this untouched paradise on earth!

According to Brule & Touroult (2014), French Guiana is home to 100000 insect species. An estimated 80% of these species remain to be recorded and, in a best-case scenario, at least 270 years would be needed to complete the biotic inventory, at the current rate of species descriptions and distribution records.
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This magnificent cave provided a perfect shelter from the elements while exploring the depths of Amazon rainforest.
As I was discovering species I had never seen before, and had an amazing time relaxing at the campfire, I couldn't help but realize that I had arrived in a paradise... #Amazon #rainforest #jungle #cave #discover #campfire #love #frenchguyana #nature #protect #life on #earth #wilderness #tropical #paradise #amazingnature #biophilia #home #imagination_squared #insect #bestplacesonearth #solitude #science #relax #fun #unitartu

The orange-barred sulphur (Phoebis philea). Sulphurs (only 8-10 species known) are by far the largest and most colourful of the pierids in South and Central America. They are given to vast migrations and are often encountered on river banks or gathered around pools of animal urine (Yes, they drink it! - Urine could be a good source of salt and minerals 😊) or the remains of rotting fish.
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Male (below) and female (above) specimen of Titanacris albipes (Romaleidae). Titanacris spp represent a great example of sexual dimorphism, where females are remarkably larger than males. With a wingspan that can reach more than 20 cm, the females of this species are among the largest grasshoppers on earth!
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Upper and underside view (on the left and right, respectively) of a Madagascan sunset moth (Urania ripheus), surely one of the most impressive and eye-catching lepidopterans on earth! U. ripheus is a day-flying moth of the family Uraniidae and it is endemic to Madagascar.The persistence of the populations of this astonishing moth depend strongly on Omphalea oppositifolia - a evergreen euphorbia being threatened by deforestation.
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A pair of the Peleides blue morphos (Morpho peleides limpida) from Costa Rica.
The Emperor (certainly a more suitable name for one of the largest butterflies in the world) is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in Central and Southern America. Wings of the Morpho butterflies (by causing light waves to diffract and interfere) create brilliant iridescent colors, which butterflies rely upon for camouflage, thermoregulation, and signaling. The wingspan of this giant ranges from 7-20 cm and the entire lifecycle (from egg to adult) takes less than 120 days. Known larval foodplants are Legumes and Bigonias. Adults feed on the juices of fermenting fruits.
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Callichroma auricomum is a species of longhorn beetles belonging to the Callichromatini tribe. C. auricomum reaches a length of 23-45 mm and it can be easily distinguished from other congenerics by a greenish-red coppery band on its elytra. The colours on the wings are eye catching especially when viewed from a particular angle (structural coloration). They emit strong musky smell when menaced. Musk (not Elon) is a class of aromatic substances commonly used as a base notes in perfumery! In August numerous individuals can be found basking on fallen balata (Manilkara bidentata) trees. C. auricomum can be found from Colombia to Brazilian Amazon.

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This Morpho aurora was caught in Yungas del Palmar in Bolivia by a bolivian entomologist Rodolfo Zischka in 1949! It is the oldest specimen in my arthropod collection. Specimens in museums (and in amateur collections) constitute an historic record of biological diversity and can be used to document changes in distribution and abundance of species over a long timespan. Some collections even contain specimens of species that are today extinct. Through past collection and preservation efforts (and trough collecting today), new species are constantly found and described everyday, all over the world!
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