Rocky Rococo the pebbly toad!

This huge toad, Rhinella schneideri – over 20 cm in length – lives in South America: throughout North and Central Argentina, central Bolivia, the Atlantic coast of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay (1). It occurs in a wide variety of habitats, from urban areas to the Chaco, Cerrado and Atlantic Forest regions. Fortunately, it is not threatened…

A lovely beetle, but a bit of a pest!

This lovely beetle, whose full name is Coraliomela quadrimaculata, is a leaf-mining leaf beetle with a fondness for palms and coconut trees.  It is found in South America, so we should give it its Spanish name, Barata-do-coqueiro. This is in fact the name given to several species of chrysomelid beetles, whose larvae feed on the…