South Caribe Non-Bird Animals

Everywhere I go in Costa Rica I find birds and other animals to photograph and this trip was no exception. No new animal sightings here this time for me unless that purple grasshopper is truly different from the other “Giant Grasshoppers” I’ve seen and photographed. But there are some different kinds of shots this time and 11 to 13 different species. Enjoy the brief slideshow:

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Green Iguana male with mating orange color

 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”   

~Jane Goodall

 

See my TRIP Photo Gallery:   2018 Caribe South, Puerto Viejo  for many other kinds of photos from this fun trip and for more on the South Caribe see these other trip galleries:

And oh yes, today is 15 Sept–Independence Day–and I made photos of the parade, but need to process and want to finish my Caribe visit posts first with one or two more. So the parade is coming here soon!  🙂

¡Pura Vida!

Giant Grasshopper

Here they call all of these large grasshoppers “Giant Grasshopper” and most are a variety of the officially named Giant Grasshopper. See the other one I photographed on my 2010 Caravan Tour while in Guanacaste, which was actually larger and all green and beige/brown. This yellowish one I photographed the other day going in Linea Vital for my physical therapy.  You never know where you will see cool creatures!  🙂

Here’s a bigger one on someone else’s blog called Beach Life.

I can’t find a scientific article online.      ¡Pura Vida!

A Little More Progress on Website Today

Banded Peacock Butterfly

I continue to see more butterflies which is part of June & July here and want to keep my nature theme even on posts about the website.

Today was the day for my online video visit with a specialist or “concierge” who was Nancy and very helpful, answering all my questions and giving me a boost forward in my understanding of technical things that can be frustrating. And one of the best things she did was recommend WP101 help videos online. I have already watched 6 of them and again got another boost forward making me more hopeful that this site will be successful eventually. She claims that moving my blog from Blogger to WP is “pretty straightforward.” But I will get the site working a little smoother before I try that.

West Indian Buckeye

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West Indian Buckeye Butterfly, My Garden, Atenas, Costa Rica

It is June and the butterflies are filling my gardens! I like that. I have one other photo of this particular species, but not as good as this, so pleased to get it today. Plus I am still experimenting with my new website and want to see if adding the category of WILDLIFE to the tags on this post will place it  on my WILDLIFE page like I think it is supposed to do. So here goes.

More Corcovado Wildlife

Jewel bug or Metallic shield bug (Scutelleridae) 
 Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Central American Spider Monkey 
 Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Unknown Insect
 
Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Red-tailed Squirrel
 
Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Isabella Tiger Butterfly
 
Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Ant Bridge 
They create a bridge of ant bodies for others to walk over.
 Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Golden Orb Spider
 
Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Active Termite Nest
 
Los Patos Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
I have already done a post of other non-bird animals seen on the Night Hike (better photos!). And of course you can see all of them together in my TRIP Gallery: 2018 March – Danta Corcovado.

¡Pura Vida!

“Professional” Landscape Photos

See this article about an Italian Landscape Photographer here with 10 of his photos. Some of his landscapes I haven’t seen yet. And my equipment is not as good. But I will end up having most of these photos in time except for the time lapse at Poas. Not my thing. Also note that beneath that first beach photo is a web address to his website with a 360 degree image of that same beach which is really cool!

My March trip was partly to get this photo, but a closed trail stopped me.
I will go back and make my own photo one of these days!
Rio Celeste Waterfall
Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica

And for some of my “amateur” landscapes, see my Vistas gallery or my Waterfalls gallery. 

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LOCAL REPORT: The rain is bringing in some new bugs and while typing I just watched one of my geckos eat one. They are little with long wings, chase the light, and pester me! Life in the jungle!  🙂

Butterflies & Other Insects at Manzanillo

Grasshopper (1 of 11,000+ species)
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Golden Orb Spider
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Whitened Bluewing Butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Butterfly Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

 

Common Mytip Butterfly
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

 

Green Page Moth
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Isabella’s Tiger Longwing or Heliconianf Butterfly
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Sara Longwing Butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Butterfly Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

 

Helcale Longwing or Heart-spotted Helconian
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

 

Almond Eyes Owl-butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Butterfly Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

 

Emerald Patches Cattleheart Butterfly
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

 

Blue Morpho Butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Butterfly Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

 

Giant Skipper Butterfly
Restaurant Selva Tropical Butterfly Garden, Guapiles, Costa Rica
On the highway to the Caribe

See my BUTTERFLY PHOTO GALLERY
and/or
See my OTHER INSECTS PHOTO GALLERY

My collections are growing! The adventure never ends!

One of 270+ Species of Dragonflies Here!

Dragonfly resting on my terrace, Roca Verde, Atenas, Costa Rica.
I looked through hundreds of photos online and could not identify.

“Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 species, which represents nearly 4% of the total species estimated worldwide, making Costa Rica one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world. Of these 500,000 species, a little more than 300,000 are insects.

Costa Rica is considered to possess the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide.[3] While encompassing just one third of a percent of Earth’s landmass, approximately the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica contains four percent of species estimated to exist on the planet.[4] Hundreds of these species are endemic to Costa Rica, meaning they exist nowhere else on earth. These endemic species include frogs, snakes, lizards, finches, hummingbirds, gophers, mice, cichlids, and gobies among many more.[5]

“Costa Rica’s biodiversity can be attributed to the variety of ecosystems within the country. Tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, Atlantic and Pacific coastline, cloud forests, and mangrove forests are all represented throughout the 19,730 square miles of Costa Rica’s landmass.[6] The ecological regions are twelve climatic zones. This variation provides numerous niches which are filled by a diversity of species.”
Copied from Wikipedia      (Emphasis in red is mine.)

“In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.”   –Ralph Waldo Emerson