Whirlabout – A New Butterfly!

Whirlabout, Polites vibex (link to butterfliesandmoths.org) is one of the many Skippers that is found from the SE United States south to Argentina including Mexico and all of Central America. But it is the first time I have photographed it. Here’s 4 shots and then you can see more in my new Whirlabout Gallery! 🙂

Whirlabout, Polites vibex, Atenas, Costa Rica
Whirlabout Skipper, Atenas, Costa Rica
Whirlabout Skipper, Atenas, Costa Rica
Whirlabout Skipper, Atenas, Costa Rica — Side View looks like a different butterfly!

And oh yes, this one is a male. The female is solid brown,

¡Pura Vida!


This will be the last post from Atenas for awhile as tomorrow I go to Playa Cativo Lodge in Piedras Blancas National Park on the Golfo Dulce, a beach and jungle resort on Costa Rica’s largest Pacific Ocean bay across from Corcovado NP, the largest protected rainforest in Central America. Another lodge nearby I’ve visited (Esquinas Rainforest) was one of my best or most productive birding locations, so I’m expecting a lot from this one too! 🙂 Plus it seems to be a little more luxurious and it has a beach which I like for walking & photos (not swimming). 🙂

I will start blogging from this beach & rainforest tomorrow night, daily for a week and then I’m sure more blog posts afterwards! 🙂 This is the wonderful life of being “Retired in Costa Rica!” 🙂

¡Pura Vida!

6 Replies to “Whirlabout – A New Butterfly!”

  1. Enjoy your trip, Charlie! I enjoy your posts from each trip. I’m still praying every night for your continued recovery from the cancer surgery and radiation treatments.

    1. Thanks Reagan! Your prayers help me function and keep a positive attitude. I’m not wearing the eye patch during the day now or very much, but then the left eye is therefore watering more which makes it difficult to see, so I debate with my self about if better to just use one eye. 🙂

      My mouth will probably never open as wide as it used to but that is not all bad. It keeps me from eating big hamburgers or hero sandwiches! 🙂 Unless I do them “open-face” or Androvetto has a “hamburger without bread” which I like, especially when I make it a steakburger! 🙂

      Everything else is okay now and I’m functioning to nearly normal, though my limited eyesight may affect my photography, but I will keep doing it anyway! 🙂 I’m looking forward to this new lodge one of my doctors recommended.

    1. Thanks so much Bonnie! It will be another one of those weeks that I live for down here! 🙂 Walking around in a rainforest full of interesting wildlife and plants! 🙂

      And as long as I’m physically able, I will continue doing something like this for my birthday! And right now I’m just as happy to capture a new butterfly as a new bird!

  2. Hi Charlie!!!
    Have a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to see all of your wonderful photo’s!
    Keep on keeping on! You are doing great!!!


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