Azotador – Tussock – Halysidota sp.
In September I was so lucky to see and explore the natural beauty and wonder of Rio Secreto’s underground caves in the Riviera Maya. An experience I shall never forget with amazing sights etched into my memory. As I said in the post I did about it the guides are superbly equipped with knowledge you get to learn about not just the caves but the formation, history and the wildlife above and below. Even the walk to and from the cave entrance/exit you get to see and hear a unique nature, never mind what lives below. Life does live in the caves, creatures swimming or climbing that have never seen light throughout evolution. Insects and fish, colourless, eyeless with never a need.
I wanted to learn more about the abundance and they ever so kindly supplied below a collection of pictures too! Above and below ground species here with names in English, Spanish plus the proper latin name for those with an interest. I wish I could show all but you would scroll for days
Mariposa cola de golondrina – Swallow tail butterfly – Papilionidae
Tarántula – Tarantula – Brachypelma vagans
Gusanito medidor – Geometer moth – Geometridae
Cangrejo azul – Blue land crab – Cardisoma guanhumi
Mantis religiosa⁄campamocha – Praying mantis – Thespidae
Gecko leopardo – Leopard gecko – Coleonyx elegans
Serpiente bejuquilla verde vs Iguana serrada verde – Green vine snake Vs Serrated casquehead Iguana – Oxybelis fulgidus
Pez ciego – Blind fish – Ogylbia pearsey
Pájaro Toh – Turquoise browed mot mot – Eumomota superciliosa
Langosta – Locust – Schistocerca sp.
Iguana negra – Black iguana – Ctenosaura similis
Araña argiope plateada – Silver argiope – Argiope argentata
Pasionaria – Purple passionflower – Passiflora incarnata
Araña patona – Daddy longlegs spider – Pholcidae
Iguana serrada verde – Serrated casquehead Iguana – Laemanctus serratus
Murciélago frugívoro de Jamaica – Jamaican fruit bat – Artibeus jamaicensis