We recently enjoyed a trip to a Butterfly Garden near Jaco Beach. It was a real hole-in-the-wall place, but I learned that the difference is really made by your tour guide. Ours was very friendly and informative.
This big, homely guy is the caterpillar for the Owl butterfly.
Our tour guide showed us the neatest phenomenon. He tickled the chrysalis and it wiggled! He told us that at this stage of development there is only a liquid inside the chrysalis and scientists cannot figure out why they react like that.
Costa Rica's most famous butterfly is the Blue Morpho. The blue on the inside is much more brilliant than that of the Owl.
And my favorite butterfly picture of the day.
Still trying to figure out what kind he is. Should have asked the guide.
The scene is over and Christopher (age11) asks, "What is a hickey anyway?" Before I even have a chance to get nervous, Seth (age 6) confidently answers, "It's what you use to blow your nose."
This guy was hanging out near my washing machine...
We rescued this one from the cat, but to no avail. The boys had a dragonfly funeral later that day.
Another creepy guy. I don't know which is worse, hairy or not.
Geometride Moth (my best guess)