Panamainsects.org presents specimens I have collected during an on-going inventory of the larger moths and other insects on Isla Colon, an island off the coast of western Panama. Each record is arranged according to current taxonomy and includes an image of an individual insect from the island.
This site is the result of many days and nights in the field on Isla Colon, and even more time spent carefully preserving each insect and searching for accurate identification. Beginning in 2010, I began working on this largely undeveloped island in the Bocas del Toro province; my goal was to record as many insect species as possible. Isla Colon is the main island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, a chain of islands and cays in northwestern Panama. The island is small--you can walk across it in a day--but it possesses tracts of old-growth rainforests that are relatively untouched and accessible. During every visit, I worked to set up lights to attract insects in both the extensive old-growth forests and developed areas such as pastures. During the day, I focused on forest, coastal, and developed areas, searching for new records to add to the growing body of information about diversity and distribution in these rich, and often threatened, habitats.
This site will be interesting to people who are curious about tropical insects and want to learn more, but it's specifically aimed at students and researchers looking for data on insects in the Neotropical ecozone. It's important to note that the images and records on this site are of actual specimens taken on the island -- for this reason, this project should be of interest to those working in the field of island biogeography. Label data and field notes are included with individual species pages. Go here for more detailed information about the process of obtaining permits and etc.
I welcome any and all inquiries and communications, especially those who are able to help me with identification (see the "UNIDENTIFIED" galleries). Drop me a line at:
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