Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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"Docking" in the jungle consists of, without warning, turning hard left at full speed directly into an otherwise unremarkable stretch of flora. With a great crash and much excitement, we plow our dugout battering ram through the branches and slow to a stop at the foot of a trail leading into the unknown.

The cruel thorns on this tree serve, among many purposes, to make the branches above a safe place from charging boars. Of course, getting to those branches is no easy feat, and may be only slightly less painful than the boars themselves.
Seen here in the "off" position, Morphos have electric blue wings on the inside. Thus, when flying they blink like the fabled "will o' the wisp", as if a chaotic bundle of light is floating haphazardly through the air.
The jungle holds an incredible variety of ants, some of which are downright dangerous. This species, however, is gathering leaves to fertilze the mold harvests at home, on which they feast with the queen. Day and night, the ants stream across the jungle highways, cleaning the way of all ant-sized debris.
Ending the trail on our walk is a swamp of honest-to-God quicksand. Sonia demonstrates by stepping into the still waters of the jungle wamp and sinking her knee-high boots into the muck. With an incredible sucking noise and help from another hiker, she then pulls herself out of the mess, almost losing a boot in the process.

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