Straightaway, we noticed a LOT of butterflies. Some families were familiar to us, like this satyr...
Although it's probably a different species from the ones we see here in North America, it didn't exactly blow my mind. Oh, and no, I don't actually know the species names of these things.... I'm lacking in any book for identifying Ecuadorian bugs!
This guy was pretty vibrant... but I'm still not sure of the family. Maybe a metalmark or something similar?
I didn't see many skippers but the one I did see was ENORMOUS. I don't know the species but it rivaled the giant-skippers we have here in the US... at least in size:
This butterfly was also pretty distinctive. Maybe it's related to the blues or hairstreaks? These would swarm the moist mud in the road just below the lodge:
In terms of butterflies, nothing there (that I saw) rivaled the number or sheer coolness of the clearwings. Yes, these butterflies have wings you can see through!
I'm not sure if they're seasonal or what but when we were there, there were hundreds or maybe thousands of these just about everywhere. Anyone know the species?
On one of the hikes, I saw a couple of damselflies (again, I'm nowhere close to being able to identify these):
Some insects were straight-up pretty large (and identifying them is beyond me):
I really enjoyed the scenery even though it was dominated by a blanket of green. It started right there from the back patio where you could see through the trees into an expansive valley surrounded by tall, tree-covered mountains:
The lodge sits at about 5700 feet which is higher than the "mile-high" city of Denver. Even still, the incredibly steep mountains rose above the lodge with an enormous presence. Often they would "end" where the clouds began:
So that's a wrap. My next update will be in regards to birding western NY a tad... and I'm guessing it'll have less tropical greens in it!