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Mariposario Butterfly Garden

Mariposario Butterfly Garden

Visitors will enjoy this place if they have a thing for butterflies, dragonflies and other assorted insects. You will come across this place while hiking up to the Montezuma waterfalls. An initiative of the Marposario Montezuma Gardens B and B after they were determined from to reproduce the famed blue morpho of Costa Rica, this […]

Moth Photos

Moth Photos

Sometimes known in Costa Rica as “night witch butterflies” the following photos show only a very tiny sampling of the moths in the area. The best way to find these guys is to put out a uv/blacklight at night. Within minutes, it will be crawling with moths and other night fliers who are attracted to […]

Caterpillars

Caterpillars

Costa Rica’s amazing variety of butterflies and moths of course guarantees us a similar cornucopia of caterpillars – the larval stage of these beautiful insects. Warning! Many caterpillars can sting you. Some are like jellyfish in that the slightest touch on the fuzzy hairs causes a sting. My ex-wife Karen touched a small fuzzy one […]

Scary Bugs

Scary Bugs

The huge tailless whipscorpion hunts at night in the jungle and our houses. While it looks scary, it’s actually harmless to people an you can pick them up. They kill pests such as scorpions, so leave them alone to do their work! To some people, all insects and spiders are scary, but a few are […]

Glowing Insects

Glowing Insects

There are many types of glowing insects with lights that you can see at night. Along with different colors of fireflies, I’ve been able to find many species of glowing bugs in the Montezuma area. In addition to these species, you can often find what looks like small, thin glowing centipedes, which I’ve been told […]

Spiders

Spiders

STOP! WARNING! If you’re even the slightest bit afraid of spiders, do NOT read the following or look at these photos. What you read here may deter you from ever visiting Costa Rica, and if you live here you might just move away immediately! For arachnophobes, some things are better left unknown. When I first […]

Camouflage Insects – Remarkable Bugs that Hide in Plain Sight

Camouflage Insects – Remarkable Bugs that Hide in Plain Sight

This is my collection of photos of amazing insects in Costa Rica that do an incredible job of camouflaging themselves in order to hide. There are several types of camouflage that I’ve seen: Predator Mimicry: Some insects look like other more dangerous ones, or even much larger animals such as an owl or snake. Plant […]

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Butterflies and Dragonflies

  Costa Rica has many butterfly parks where you can go to see butterflies of all colors and shapes. The most beautiful I think is the blue morpho, which isn’t actually blue, but grey. The blue color on its wings comes from very fine lines which make a diffraction grating, creating an electric blue color […]

Beetles

Beetles

  Costa Rica has one of the world’s largest insects, the rhinocerous beetle, which is occasionally seen in Montezuma. Their larvae live in large rotten logs. They don’t bite, but they grip with their sharp legs and it can prick the skin a bit. Giant Beetle Video   Most beetles are harmless, and the metallic […]

Costa Rica Insectopedia

Costa Rica Insectopedia

Costa Rica is known to have over 100,000 species of insects and arachnids, collectively known as BUGS, and we can testify to seeing at least that many types in our house at the beginning of rainy season in May. If you try hard enough, you could probably discover a different insect every day of your […]

Great Stuff

Clandestina Restaurant

  My new favorite restaurant, Clandestina is not to be missed by food lovers staying anywhere near to Montezuma. Established in March 2015, Clandestina is the new kid on the block. The Oregon/Tico collaboration is a winner among locals and travelers alike, with artisan craft beers, made onsite by Butterfly Brewing Co. and delicious, exciting […]

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