When one hears about Panama hats, you think that these hats are from that country. However, these hats were originally from Ecuador. Since there wasn’t a lot of demand for them in Ecuador, some entrepreneurs decided to sell these hats in Panama due to the traffic of the Canal.
These strong, lightweight, attractive, straw hats were perfect for deflecting the tropical sun of Panama, and also ideal for those who were crossing the Canal to spend outdoors in sunny California during the Gold Rush.
Ecuador’s most famous export is called a “Panama” hat. People in Ecuador hate that.
Colorful handicrafts for sale on the side walks of Casco Viejo, Panama City.
The Greater Ani is sometimes referred to as the Black Cuckoo. The Greater Ani is about 48 cm (19 in) long and weighs 170 g (6 oz). The adult is mainly blue-glossed black, with a long tail, massive ridged black bill, and a white iris.
The Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly. The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the upper sides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly’s wings.