After dinner we planned to take a night hike, and a guide was provided by Selva Verde. It was Lenin again. However, most of our group opted to do a night hike with Linda & Jerry. But because they were going to stay on the walkways, we decided, along with Joel & Kathy, to "revolt and follow Lenin."
First we were advised to wear rubber boots (there might be snakes...) and these were provided.
Lenin spoke about not taking flash photography of the rain forest frogs due to their sensitivity to the environment. He told the story of the golden toads in Monteverde.
All around us we could hear the loud and distinctive "dink" or "tink" sound of the Common Dink Frog (Eleutherodactylus diastema). We kept trying to find one, and it was Joel who finally found this tiny almost-transparent frog that makes a sound so much bigger than its size!
Lenin found two different types of walking sticks (now how is that possible in the dark?!) and a centipede and millipede. Also a type of click beetle, the Fire Beetle (Pyrophorus noctilucus), with two bioluminescent spots on its back.
Lenin showed us a glowing piece of wood with phosphorescent microbes. Some of us saw a marvelous caterpillar, but the line of hikers was too spread out to let the others know.
|Saddleback Caterpillar (Acharia stimulea)|
|Lamp on walkway|