The wandering spider is one of the most feared spiders in the Amazon due to its fatal bite, which also causes priapism (or prolonged erections) in males. But as I photographed it, it hung motionless on a fine thread of silk: either cautious of our presence or focussed on its hunt.
This disc-winged bat is the first one ever recorded in the Mascoitania rainforest, where the Crees Foundation have been surveying every day for 12 years. The suction discs on its wrists allow it to stick to leaves while it sleeps. Photographing it was... interesting! It involved getting inside a butterfly trap (a slim cylinder made of netting) which we hung from the roof of the open-air project room, alone with the bat, in case it flew... which - of course - it did!
The sun strikes the head of this mimicking coral snake, bringing to life the colours it uses to avoid predators.
Curling up in a defensive position allows us to see this false coral snake's iridescent colours.
Opossums are similar to mice, but have opposable thumbs, meaning they can climb. This little critter was found in a pit-fall trap, originally intended to survey reptiles and amphibians. Since, this image has been featured on the BBC Earth Instagram page.
Putting those opposable thumbs to good use.
Fungi are critical to life in the rainforest by breaking down nutrients that otherwise couldn't be reused by other plants and animals. However, they go largely unnoticed by those looking for more glamorous signs of life. Since lighting them up like this and seeing their beauty in detail I've never been able to ignore them.
This beautiful snake is a juvenile Amazon tree boa, which could grow to up to 7 feet.
This colourful beetle reminds us of the millions of striking and important creatures which go unnoticed but which are crucial parts of the complex system of life that knits the rainforest together.