Costa Rica is home to some 1200 butterflies and another 8000 species of moths (both diurnal and nocturnal varieties). This astounding diversity is no surprise, given the country’s neotropical climate and its position as a land bridge between North and South America, each home to a plethora of diverse ecosystems. The tremendous number of butterflies that can be seen goes hand-in-hand with the fact that Costa Rica is home to about 4% of the world’s total biodiversity! Of the butterfly species, some of the most famous include the Blue Morpho, Giant Owl Butterfly, and others.
There are, however, many others that are no less beautiful but do not get the same attention–take, for example, the diurnal moth in the photo above, snapped at Xandari (probably a member of the family Geometridae). When Seth and I are out and about on the grounds of the resort, we’re often paying much more attention to feathered flying fauna than any insects we run across. That is something we hope to change, however, as we’re constantly wondering at the marvelous beauty and diversity of the butterflies we run across. We can probably credit the great diversity of butterflies at Xandari to the great diversity of flowers–dozens of species afford different sorts of butterflies just the snack they’re looking for. Come see them yourself sometime soon!