It was the second destination and the main part of our Africa trip. The visit was overall fruitful.
In our Feb 2017 tip to Africa, Cameroon was our main interest. However, to make the transit smoother, we chose to stay a few days in Ethiopia.
In March 2017, we went to Nanjing to look for the lovely Luehdorfia chinensis.
At the end of the trip, we returned to the Napo area and revisited some missed spots due to bad weather. With better weather, the mesmerizing butterflies did not let us down.
After Napo, we went deeper into the Amazonia. The weather was overall good, with occasional heavy shower. We found Helicopis cupido and met the lovely Anteros renaldus.
After Pastaza, we moved to Napo. The weather was not very good, but we were lucky enough to find a lovely Ourocnemis boulleti.
Some people asked me how to shoot the slow motion video during my Ecuador trip. Well, behind the charm of slowly flying butterflies, the shooting process looked incredibly stupid.
After Tungurahua, we moved forward to the second area, Pastaza. We went butterflying around Mera and Puyo where altitude was about 1000 to 1200 meters. Due to continuous bad weather, the road condition was very bad. Luckily, we found our main targets Asterope degandii and Agrias amydon, with Asterope leprieuri as the bonus.
Baños de Agua Santa in Tungurahua is the gateway from Andes to Amazon rainforest. This is the first station of the trip. Here, we found one of our main target, Evenus coronata, one of the largest butterfly in the Lycaenidae family.
It was recorded in the trip to Kaeng Krachan National Park.