South America - Spiders, Critters & Other Insects

On this page you will find pictures of all kind of spiders, critters and insects, other than butterflies, photographed by me in Colombia and Peru.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Black Tarantula - Zwarte Tarantula
  2. Chicken Tarantula - Pamphobeteus sp.
  3. Orb Weaver sp. - Wielwebspin sp.
  4. Golden Orb Weaver sp. - Zijdespin sp.
  5. Neotropical Spider sp. - Trechaleidae sp.
  6. Whip Scorpion sp. - Amblypygid sp.
  7. Ecuadorian Lubber Grasshopper - Chromacris psittacus pacificus
  8. Unidentified Grasshopper - Orthoptera sp.
  9. Unidentified Grasshopper - Orthoptera sp.
  10. Monkey Grasshopper sp. - Eumastacidae sp.
  11. Monkey Grasshopper sp. - Paramastax rosenbergi
  12. Field Grasshopper sp. - Rhytidochrota risaraldae
  13. Short-horned Grasshopper sp. - Opaon varicolor
  14. Tree Cricket sp. - Oecanthus sp.
  15. Katydid sp. - Ischnomela gracitis
  1. Conehead sp. - Katydid sp.
  2. Amberwing sp. - Perithemis mooma
  3. Band-winged Dragonlet - Erythrodiplax umbrata
  4. Dragonlet sp. - Erythrodiplax abjecta
  5. Dancer sp. - Argia medullaris
  6. Giant Flat-backed Millipede - Barydesmus sp.
  7. Giant Peruvian (Peppered) Cockroach - Archimandrita Tesselata
  8. Army Ant - Trekmier
  9. Crane Fly sp. - Tipulidae sp.
  10. Rhinoceros Beetle sp. - Dynastinae sp.
  11. Scarab Beetle sp. - Cyclocephala sp.
  12. Weevil sp.- Snuitkever sp. (Curculionidae sp.)
  13. True Bug sp. - Wants sp.
  14. Dobsonfly sp. - Corydalidae sp.
  15. Waxtail Hopper - Pterodictya reticularis
Black Tarantula
Zwarte Tarantula
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
12 June 2009

I am holding this beautiful tarantula after picking it up very gently.
There are quite harmless, unless you mess with them.

 

Chicken Tarantula
Pamphobeteus sp.
Lake Sandoval, Peru
20 June 2009
Orb Weaver sp.
Wielwebspin sp. (Araneidae sp.)
Lake Sandoval, Peru
20 June 2009
Golden Orb Weaver sp.
Zijdespin sp. (Nephila sp.)
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
29 May 2009
Neotropical Spider sp.
Trechaleidae sp.
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
16 June 2009
Whip Scorpion sp.
Amblypygid sp.
Many Wildlife Center area, Peru
27 June 2009
Ecuadorian Lubber Grasshopper
Chromacris psittacus pacificus
Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
29 June 2015

A member within the family of Romaleidae.
Unidentified Grasshopper
Orthoptera sp.
Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
29 June 2015
Unidentified Grasshopper
Orthoptera sp.
Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
29 June 2015
Monkey Grasshopper sp.
Eumastacidae sp.
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
24 June 2009

 

Monkey Grasshopper sp.
Paramastax rosenbergi
Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
29 June 2015

Paramastax rosenbergi is distinquised from Paramastax poecilosoma and Paramastax duquei by a different tale (only with the males). The last reddish segment of the tail of P. poecilosoma has a characteristic protrusion (uitsteeksel) (with P. duquei it is smaller) while the last reddish segment of the tail of P. rosenbergi has an indentation (inkeping).
Field Grasshopper sp.
Veldsprinkhaan sp.
(Rhytidochrota risaraldae)
El Zancudo, Manizales area,
Colombia
24 June 2015
Short-horned Grasshopper sp.
Opaon varicolor
Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
28 June 2015

A member within the family of Acrididae. One of the colorful, but wingless Rhytidochrotine grasshoppers of the neotropics. Grasshoppers from the genus Opaon vary in color which surely indicate they are poisonous or foul-tasting to predators.
They can be approached easily to take their picture. This particular species is endemic to the Chocó areas in Colombia.

Tree Cricket sp.
Oecanthus sp.
El Dorado Lodge area,
Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia
25 October 2014

Found on the outside wall of the lodge where it was obviously attracted by the lights inside.

Katydid sp.
Sabelsprinkhaan sp.
(Ischnomela gracitis)

Montezuma Lodge area,
Parque Nacional Tatamá
Risaraldas, Colombia
27 June 2015

A member within the family of Tettigoniidae.
This particular species has very long antennae.
Conehead sp.
Katydid sp.
Lake Sandoval, Peru
20 June 2009
Amberwing sp.
Perithemis mooma
Manizales area, Colombia
24 June 2015

Perithemis is a genus of dragonflies commonly known as Amberwings. They are characterized by their small size and the amber wings of the male.
Identified by Cornelio Andrés Bota-Sierra, the Colombian dragonfly expert who I met during my trip in Tatama NP.

Band-winged Dragonlet
Erythrodiplax umbrata
Los Flamencos Sanctuary,
La Guajira, Colombia
1 November 2014

This is a male. The female (see: Florida) usually looks totally different. They are yellowish with brown markings on each side of the abdomen and they lack the black bands on the wings. As they age they get darker and duller. Some adult females look like males.

Dragonlet sp.
Erythrodiplax abjecta
Recinto del Pensamiento,
Manizales, Colombia
25 June 2015

Erythrodiplax is a large Neotropical genus of dragonflies in the family Libellulidae. These small to medium-sized skimmers are commonly known as Dragonlets.
Identified by Cornelio Andrés Bota-Sierra, the Colombian dragonfly expert who I met during my trip in Tatama NP.
Dancer sp.
Argia medullaris
Parque Nacional Tatamá,
Risaraldas, Colombia
30 June 2015

Argia is a genus of damselflies of the family Coenagrionidae and of the subfamily Argiinae. They are commonly known as dancers. Dancers are quite active and alert damselflies. The bluer Argia species may be confused with Enallagma species.
Identified by Cornelio Andrés Bota-Sierra, the Colombian dragonfly expert who I met during my trip in Tatamá NP.

Giant Flat-backed Millipede
Barydesmus sp.
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
29 May 2009

This guy's many feet tickle the palm of my hand.

Giant Peruvian (Peppered) Cockroach
Archimandrita tesselata
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
11 June 2009

Army Ant
Trekmier
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
16 June 2009

Ants are the world’s most ecologically important insects, both in terms of biomass and diversity of ecosystem services. About 15,000 species inhabit almost all terrestrial habitats, including deserts and high mountains. Ants are social insects characterised by a highly sophisticated division of labour: different individuals carry out different functions. All Army Ant species are members of the true ant family, Formicidae.

Crane Fly sp.
Tipulidae sp.
El Dorado Lodge area,
Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia
26 October 2014

Found on the outside wall of the lodge where it was obviously attracted by the light inside.

Rhinoceros Beetle sp.
Dynastinae sp.
El Dorado Lodge area,
Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia
26 October 2014

Member within the family of Scarabaeidae, subfamily Dynastinae.

Scarab Beetle sp.
Cyclocephala sp.
El Dorado Lodge area,
Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia
26 October 2014

Member within the family of Scarabaeidae, subfamily Dynastinae.

Found on the outside wall of the lodge where it was obviously attracted by the light inside.

Weevil sp.
Snuitkever sp. (Curculionidae sp.)
Lake Sandoval, Peru
20 June 2009

True Bug sp.
Wants sp. (Paryphes sp.)
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
22 June 2009

Paryphes sp. is a species in the family Coreidae.

Dobsonfly sp.
Corydalidae sp.
El Dorado Lodge area,
Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia
26 October 2014

Waxtail Hopper
Pterodictya reticularis
Reserva Ecologica Taricaya, Peru
23 June 2009

This is a member of the Wax-tailed Planthoppers (Family Fulgoridae).

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