Dancing Swallowtails!

I’m not sure that I can explain why, but these Polydamas Swallowtails reminded me of flying acrobats or dancers as they swoop in and out of the flowers for their feeding. Fun to watch! 🙂 They are Polydamas Swallowtail, Battus polydamas (link to my Polydamas GALLERY with many more shots of their graceful flying and perching).

Polydamas Swallowtail en mi once de abril flores
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Another New Butterfly: Western Pygmy-Blue

It seems that I occasionally have days or weeks like this when I keep seeing a new species of butterfly and last week was kind of like that! (I’m only one week ahead on blog posts now!) 🙂 These are among the often-called “Blues” because of blue on the top of their wings and are in the Lycaenidae or Gossamer Wings butterflies (link to my galleries of that family). That family are nearly all very tiny, as is this one (like the size of my thumbnail). This one is a Western Pygmy-Blue, Brephidium exilis (link to my gallery) and you can see photos from other places on butterfliesandmoths. They are found in the U.S. Far West and Southwest on south through Central America to Venezuela . Here’s one shot and you can go to my gallery above for more.

Western Pygmy-Blue, Brephidium exilis, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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A Rare Butterfly – Leuce Yellow

I’ve seen and photographed a lot of Yellows, but not only is this one new to me, there is only one other on butterfliesandmoths and it was submitted from the Dominican Republic, West Indies. I got several shots almost identical to this one on the tiny wildflower and then he was off, not to be seen again! 🙂

Leuce Yellow, Pyrisitia leuce, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Butterflies of America has photos only of the old-fashion pinned specimens while iNaturalist has several live photos from South America & West Indies, if you click on “View More” after their first little photos. Both of those sites have a little bit of info on the species though they don’t include it being in Costa Rica! 🙂 But that is okay because being in the geographical center of the isthmus between North & South America, we get migrants of all species from both continents! (And West Indies!) Maybe my photos will change the ranges for this butterfly on some of these “official” websites! 🙂 Right now they all say that it is only found in the West Indies (Caribbean Islands) and South America. I fooled them, didn’t I! 🙂

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Correcting a Butterfly ID

Two years ago, in May 2022, I did a first time trip to a new lodge for me that a friend recommended, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel (link to my trip gallery) and I got a lot of bird photos and quite a few butterflies, two of which are still unidentified. BUT, one of those I identified then was misidentified, and for that I apologize! I first called it a Western Pygmy (blog post link). In retrospect, there is no excuse, but what caused it was that because it was a tiny little fingernail-sized butterfly, I assumed (a dangerous word!) that it was one of the many in the family Lycaenidae or Gossamer-Wings butterflies because all of them are very tiny like this one. Bad assumption as I have now learned that there are tiny ones in all of the families and this one is actually in the Riodinidae or Metalmarks family! It is a Simple Sarota (my species gallery link) or the scientific name Sarota acantus (butterfliesandmoths link where only two of us have submitted photos). 🙂 So I re-submit with the correct name!

Simple Sarota, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, San Ramon Canton, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Simple Sarota, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, San Ramon Canton, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Simple Sarota, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, San Ramon Canton, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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And see all of my Costa Rica butterfly photos arranged by families and then species in my gallery: BUTTERFLIES & Moths of Costa Rica (270+ species)

Brazilian Skipper

While at Villa Lapas in Tarcoles last month, I got only one butterfly with a decent photo and it is another semi-unusual or not seen much here butterfly, though on butterfliesandmoths it seems to be quite common in the Eastern USA. It is the Brazilian Skipper, Calpodes ethlius (link to my gallery) and this was my second time to see one. Here’s just one photo . . .

Brazilian Skipper, Hotel Villa Lapas, Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Cyptic Remella

This is my second time to see the Cyptic Remella, Ramella vopiscus (my gallery link) and only 3 of us have reported this species on butterfliesandmoths. My other sighting was on the Caribbean Coast at Hotel Banana Azul. I continue to be amazed at the huge number of butterfly species here in Costa Rica and my collection continues to grow. Here’s two shots of this Remella . . .

Cyptic Remella, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Banded Peacock Butterfly

It’s April 1 in Costa Rica and the Yigüirro or Clay-colored Thrush are “singing in the rain” says tradition, meaning that next month begins our rainy season or our “winter” (invierno) and it is not only the greener and fresher time of year for me, but the time (May-November) that I see more butterflies, at least at my house in the Central Valley. And this Banded Peacock is one of the regulars here. Here’s an early one who looks a little weathered and I would think that is because of all the wind we’ve had since December. But windless rain is coming along with a lot more butterflies when we experience a “winter” that is more like Spring in the north! 🙂

Banded Peacock, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

See more of these in my Banded Peacock Gallery.

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Unidentified Insect

I have several insect books but none come close to including all the thousands of species here in Costa Rica and this one seen in my garden the other day is now number 40-something in my Unidentified Insects Gallery! 🙂

As always with any photo labeled “unidentified,” I welcome the help of any reader or visitor to my galleries. Just use the “Contact” button on the menu of this blog website or on my Gallery website also. It is frustrating to me to have photos without the proper identification.

Unidentified Insect, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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