NEOTROPICAL Lowland Tropical Moist Forest
Insects

The insects of the tropical American lowland rainforest are one of the most species diverse situations in the world. It has been reported that you will find more species of ants on a single tree Neotropical rainforest tree than occur across the entire country of England. 


Family Formicidae, 'Ants'

There are estimated to be some 1000 species of ants in the Amazon region.

Camponotus sericeiventris, 'Golden Carpenter Ant', (canopy tower, Amazonia Lodge, Peru).


Tribe Meliponini, 'Stingless Bees'

Stingless bees are found throughout the tropical forests of the world. They don't need to sting as they don't need to defend an external nest as do stinging bees; their colonies are protected by being inside trees or rock gaps, and are only accessed through a narrow resinous tube of an entrance. They may not sting, but they sometimes bite. Some species are known as 'sweat bees' as they may drink the sweat off human skin (there are some other bees that also do this and are similarly named).

A stingless bee on the arm of the author  (Amazonia Lodge, Peru).