Royal Firetip Butterfly

Another new butterfly for me! And in my home garden no less! 🙂 The Royal Firetip or Mysoria barcastus is found from Mexico through most of South America, and just one more of our myriad of butterflies here! Though I’m finding new butterflies on most of my trips to different forest locations, the vast majority of my Costa Rica Butterfly Collection (150+) has been photographed in my Gardens here in Atenas! And I have now become as interested in butterflies as in birds, with both being somewhat of a challenge to photograph. 🙂 Here’s 3 photos of this new species for me:

Royal Firetip Skipper, Mysoria barcastus, Atenas, Costa Rica
Royal Firetip Skipper, Mysoria barcastus, Atenas, Costa Rica
Royal Firetip Skipper, Mysoria barcastus, Atenas, Costa Rica

Read more about this one on The Butterflies of America website or on Jungle Dragon or a lot more photos on iNaturalist. 🙂

Costa Rica harbors near 5% of all species of butterflies in the world. That is around 1,500 species of butterflies and 12,000 species of moths in the Lepidoptera order. Yep! That’s way more than the approximately 900 species of birds here! And this little country has so many more species of every category than the U.S. and Canada combined! Which is one thing that makes it so popular for North American nature lovers like me! 🙂

¡Pura Vida!

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The above link is to a Tico Times online article and just one of the many fascinating articles they present in their weekly emailed edition with even more on their website. I’m happy and proud to now live in a country that has most of its priorities right in my opinion. 🙂 ¡Pura vida!

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