The Neotropical region has often been known as a realm of birds, but one might similarly sustain for it to be known as the land of butterflies, which even though no so directly conspicuous, entertain the various levels of the rainforest in an unbelievable richness of colors and forms. The Cristalino Region is being researched by important organizations and individuals, which led to a large list of approximately 1,800 species of butterflies – which makes this one of the most remarkable places in the Amazon for butterfly observation.
The Cristalino Region has over 1,800 species of butterflies, skippers and moths.
Butterflies and moths are both part of a group of insects called "lepidoptera", meaning that they have wings covered with scales. They are very related. Butterflies are generally brightly-colored while moths are generally drab, though there are many exceptions to this. Almost all butterflies are active during the sunny hours of the day - usually from 10:00 Am to 4:00 Pm - and most moths are active at night. Another good way to find out the distinction is by their antennae. Butterfly antennae are shaped somewhat longer, with a curved end. On the other hand, most moths have either simple filaments, or complicated affairs with many cross-filaments. At night or during bad weather, butterflies will usually hang from the undersides of leaves, or crawl into crevices between rocks or other objects, and sleep. A rain could be mortal to a butterfly! Adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers through their tongues and some feed on tree sap or rotting organic material. The diverse patterns formed by the brightly colored wings and the erratic yet graceful flight have made butterfly watching a fairly popular hobby. For butterfly lovers, the lodge has special trips for butterfly observation only.
FOR WHOM IT IS DESIGNED
These programs are designed for people with a primary interest in butterflies. People with general interest in nature should choose our ecotourism programs, which also encompasses butterflies.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The activities will be focused on finding and photographing butterflies, in the same way the birdwathcing activities are centered on birds. However, butterflies usually are most active during the sunny hours, which mean most events will be held from about 9am to 3 pm. The tour will be organized to meet the areas of interests of your group.
The number of nights varies from 5 to up to 8. Usually, our clients stay 6 nights because this is an adequate timeframe for viewing many species of insects and butterflies.
Unlike other programs, the butterfly packages are only available from May to November because this is the time of the year when most species can be easily seen