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.
The greatest defense this butterfly has against predators is it's camoflauge. These two eye spots are what earn the name 'Owl'.
Costa Rica's most famous butterfly is the Blue Morpho. The blue on the inside is much more brilliant than that of the Owl.
Sometimes the Morpho and Owl are confused with each other. The Morpho has seven spots, with the largest being in the center.
And my favorite butterfly picture of the day.
Still trying to figure out what kind he is. Should have asked the guide.