On a clear day, I can walk outside and be surrounded by dozens of butterflies fluttering around. There are over 3000 species of butterflies here in Costa Rica, which makes up about 90% of all Central American butterflies and 18% of the world’s total butterfly species. This is another reason why I love living in Costa Rica!
One of the most common and recognizable butterflies in Costa Rica is the Blue Morpho. The electric blue color on the wings is made from millions of tiny scales. These guys are big, about 10 inches wide, and they gang up to deter predators. When you see one flutter by, you can bet a large group is nearby. Magical!
Another prevalent species is the Owl Butterfly. These are the party animals of the butterfly world. They spend all their time getting drunk on rotten fruit and having sex. The design on their wings is made to look like the eye of an owl on one wing and a snake head on the other, so that they can focus all their energy on their two favorite tasks instead of “wasting” it on evading predators.
Here are some more species I spotted from around my yard and various butterfly farms and gardens. If you are on my website, you can click on a photo to open up a larger version and scroll through the slide show. I’ve also posted more photos in my Butterflies photo set on Flickr, and will be adding to it as I discover more butterflies. The biggest butterfly farm in Costa Rica is down the street from my house, so stay tuned because it is on my to-do list for the near future.