Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica: A Field Guide (The Corrie Herring Hooks Series)
Carrol L. Henderson
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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all these visitors, as well as local residents, identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol Henderson published Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica in 2002, and it instantly became the indispensable guide.
Now Henderson has created a dedicated field guide to more than one hundred tropical butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates that travelers are most likely to see while exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He includes fascinating information on their natural history, ecology, identification, and behavior gleaned from his forty years of travels and wildlife viewing, as well as details on where to see these remarkable and beautiful creatures. The butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates are illustrated by over 180 stunning and colorful photographs—most of which were taken in the wild by Henderson. A detailed and invaluable appendix that identifies many of Costa Rica's best wildlife-watching destinations, lodges, and contact information for trip-planning purposes completes the volume.
wing covers (elytra) of this beetle. Harlequin beetle at night light, showing long antennae Harlequin beetle camouflaged on a log SCARAB BEETLE FAMILY (Scarabaeidae) HERCULES BEETLE The impressive Hercules beetle is distinguished by a body that is almost 1.5 inches wide and 5 inches long, including a huge horn on the males. The horn on this beetle curves downward, unlike the horn on the similar-sized Rhinoceros beetle, which curves upward. Although not common, it is one of the
These tubes are usually four to six inches long and may be straight or turn down at an angle that prevents rain from entering. Each colony of stingless bees contains three to ten thousand individuals and is safely located within a hollow tree or in subterranean cavities among the roots of a tree. Stingless bee colonies inhabit the dry forests of Guanacaste and moist and wet forests of the Caribbean lowlands and the southern Pacific lowlands. The bee Trigona fulviventris is among the most common
the family Pseudococcidae. The ants eat the sugary juices produced in the mealybugs and then extruded from them. Predators of Azteca ants include some of Costa Rica’s larger woodpeckers, including the Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, and Pale-billed Woodpecker. They are large enough to open the trunks of these trees easily and expose the ants and larvae. Azteca ants on cecropia Azteca ants on cecropia stem BULLET ANT The notorious Bullet ant is the largest ant in
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