Last week, I guided 2 French tourists to Susnguakti forest. They were Geoffry and Jessica. We spent 4 days/ 3 nights exploring the forest to see birds of paradise, cuscus possum, reptiles and insects.
I saw some butterflies such as The Silky Owl, Cruiser, Blue Mountain Swallowtail and some other species which I could not identify. I saw them along the path to a rose apple tree and near the clearing area of our basecamp. The butterfly came out in the mornings when the sunlight was bright. They landed on leaves to take a rest, or collect nectar of flowers and also collect the salty sweat from our exposed hands, shoulders or feet.
|The Silky Owl Butterfly (Taenaris catops)|
I used to read an article in the internet that the circles that look like Owl's big eyes in the Silky Owl butterfly are camouflage to protect the insect from predator.
There were two small butterflies that were mating. I saw them mating while flying in the air. When they landed on a leave, I immediately approached them and took some pictures. They continued flying again while still mating. Insects are abundant in the forest of Susnguakti. I could see spider, moth, stick insect and also water insect.
During our stay in the jungle of Susnguakti forest, we were able to watch King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Fairy Lorikeet, Eclectus Parrot, Spangled Drongo, Hooded Butcherbird, Superb Fruit Dove, and Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.
We also did 3 night walks and were able to see cuscus possum. The tropical rainforest of Susnguakti was a nice place for watching wild animals.