Dryas iulia (alcione)at Iguazu Falls Brazil side MG_9504

Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia) commonly called the Julia butterfly, Julia heliconian, the flame, or flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterflies. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-1



Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-3


Adelpha Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9513


Adelpha thessalia Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazil side MG_9550

Adelpha is a genus of brush-footed butterflies found from the southern United States and Mexico to South America. They are commonly known as sisters, due to the white markings on their wings, which resemble a nun’s habit.

Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-1

Friendly little butterfly which found refuge on this girl’s hands.

Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-2


Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-3

Devil Throat-Iguazu Falls, Brazilian Side MG_9476

Devil’s Throat is the largest of about 275 waterfalls making up Iguazu Falls.  One of the best spots to be which provides a closer and better view of the falls.  This shot at a distance when a rainbow made his appearance.

Devil's Throat -Iguazu Falls Brazilianside, MG_9476-1

Closer look at the Devil’s Throat with better view of the rainbow.

Devil's Throat -Iguazu Falls Brazilianside, MG_9476-2


Devil's Throat -Iguazu Falls Brazilianside, MG_9476-3

Gummy substance & Musrooms from trees at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side MG_9462

I don’t have a name for this “gummy substance” that I spotted in a number of trees in the Iguazu Falls.  I have found that quite interesting. Are these created by the environment or disease from the trees?

Mushrooms & Fungus from Trees at Iguazu Falls, MG_9462-2

When mushrooms or conks, also called a bract or shelf, grow on tree bark, it is usually a sign that the tree is infected with a rot-inducing pathogen. While not all mushrooms are harmful to trees, many are. They cause heart decay, which causes healthy trees to begin to rot at the heart of the trunk.

Mushrooms & Fungus from Trees at Iguazu Falls, MG_9462

Ochre Spot Pororo Butterfly, Brazil MG_9440

Many butterflies are spotted in the Iguazu Falls.  This species  is a real beauty and was seen in many areas.  They tend to blend fairly well when pausing on a tree or a wooden ramp.

Ochre Spot Pororo Butterfly MG_9440

Showing the other side, of the wing, they are also known as Cracker Butterflies. They acquired their common name due to the unusual way that males produce a “cracking” sound as part of their territorial displays.

Ochre Spot Pororo Butterfly MG_9440-3


Ochre Spot Pororo Butterfly MG_9440-2

Coati at Iguazu Falls, Brazilian side MG_9424

A very popular sight  at Iguazu Falls.  The Coati is a member of the raccoon family, a diurnal mammal native to South and Central America and south-western North America. The term is reported to be derived from the Tupi language of Brazil. A first site, they appears harmless and people tend to approach and even feed them, despite many warnings that they should not be touched.  They can be dangerous and many people have witnessed their agressiveness and violent behaviour.

Coati at Iguazu Falls, Brazilian side MG_9424