Written by Vincent
Hi everybody! I’m going to tell you about the night walk The Traveling Trio did in the amazon rainforest. It was about 8:00 pm. The two biologists Daniel and Nicole came to guide me, Matthias and dad. First we looked for bugs here and there. We saw some grasshoppers and whatnot. But the real cool thing was when we stopped and went to a scorpion lair. There were these harmless Tailless Whip Scorpions, they looked like massive spiders with huge fangs, but they were actually harmless scorpions. I held one and it didn’t do a thing. We kept looking for Tailless Whip Scorpions, when we ran into an actual scorpion!!! He wasn’t much bigger than my hand, but he was still awesome to see, like “first scorpion in my life, IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST!!!”
After we had stopped making pics and “Oooohing” and “Aaaaaaing”, we continued on the path to the light trap. The light trap is a place where a TON of bugs come because its night and they are attracted to light. We were given these jars with sleeping gas in them and earplugs so no bugs got in your ears. We caught a couple of tiger moths because those were the ones the lab was researching them because there had been quite a few new species discovered in the last year or so. Behind the light trap there was also a abandoned tarantula nest, it was like a tiny house (like tiny, TINY, unbelievable a tarantula could fit in there!)
Once we were done with the light trap, we kept walking to the actual tarantula nest, one we were there we saw a really big tarantula sitting there. It was way, way, way, way bigger than my fist. It was like super hairy to! Once we had seen the nest and taken enough pictures, we kept walking then all of a sudden, the guide was like “LOOK!”, so we looked, and there was his flashlight was pointed was the Wandering Spider, the most poisonous spider in the whole amazon rainforest! It was about as big as a small tarantula but it had big, red, fangs. Oh, and it was super aggressive and it could jump, sooooooo, get to close, to the hospital with you!!! We ended up seeing two of them! We got back around 10:00 pm and then went straight to bed.
A few days after the biologists said that two of our moths could be new species… You can check also check the gallery.