Sitting high in the Andean cloud forests, the Wayqecha Biological Research Station is located in the Kcosñipata Valley of southeastern Peru where the eastern slopes of the tropical Andes meet the Amazonian lowlands. This region is a biodiversity hotspot boasting one of the highest numbers of butterfly species on the planet. Over 1,300 butterfly species have been identified in Peru’s  Manú National Park- twice the number of butterflies found in the entire United States and roughly four times as many found in Europe.

Researcher Edward Hurme filmed some these beautiful insects.