Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

by Carrol L. Henderson


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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all these visitors, as well as local residents, identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol Henderson published Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica in 2002, and it instantly became the indispensable guide.

Now Henderson has created a dedicated field guide to more than one hundred tropical butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates that travelers are most likely to see while exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He includes fascinating information on their natural history, ecology, identification, and behavior gleaned from his forty years of travels and wildlife viewing, as well as details on where to see these remarkable and beautiful creatures. The butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates are illustrated by over 180 stunning and colorful photographs—most of which were taken in the wild by Henderson. A detailed and invaluable appendix that identifies many of Costa Rica's best wildlife-watching destinations, lodges, and contact information for trip-planning purposes completes the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292719668
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 187
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carrol L. Henderson has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1977. He is an award-winning wildlife conservationist who has helped bring back eastern bluebirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, river otters, and trumpeter swans; an avid wildlife photographer whose images have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon, Birder's World, and Wild Bird; an experienced birding tour leader to Latin America, Kenya, Tanzania, and New Zealand; and the author of many magazine articles and several books. In 2016, the Garden Club of America awarded Henderson the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal, which is given to figures of national importance for distinguished service to conservation. In 2012, he received the Gary T. Myers Bird Conservation Award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, recognizing him as the top bird conservationist in North America.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Daniel H. Janzen ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Historical Perspective 2

Research 2

Education 3

Preservation 3

Conservation 6

Nature Tourism 6

Geography 8

Biogeography 10

Migratory Species 11

Endemic Species 13

Endemic Wildlife of the Highlands 13

Endemic Species of the Southern Pacific Lowlands 13

Endemic Species of Cocos Island 14

Endemic Species and DNA Barcoding Revelations 14

Major Biological Zones 15

Tropical Dry Forest 17

Southern Pacific Lowlands 17

Central Plateau (Central Valley) 18

Caribbean Lowlands 19

Highlands 20

Coastal Beaches, Islands, and Mangrove Lagoons 24

Wildlife Overview and Species Coverage 24

Bibliography 26

Butterflies And Moths Species Accounts

Butterflies 31

Swallowtail Family (Papilionidae) 34

Gossamer-winged Butterfly Family (Lycaenidae) 36

Brush-footed Butterfly Family (Nymphalidae) 37

Moths 91

Flannel Moth Family (Megalopygidae) 93

Castniid Moth Family (Castniidae) 94

Giant Silkworm Moth Family (Saturniidae) 95

Sphinx Moth Family (Sphingidae) 109

Uraniid Moth Family (Uraniidae) 113

Noctuid Moth Family (Noctuidae) 114

Arctiid Moth Family (Arctiidae) 115

Other Invertebrates Species Accounts 119

Order Odonata 120

Giant Damselfly Family (Pseudostigmatidae) 120

Order Orthoptera 122

Grasshopper Family (Acrididae) 122

Katydid Family (Tettigoniidae) 123

Order Dictyoptera 126

Mantis Family (Mantidae) 126

Order Isoptera 127

Termite Family (Termitidae) 127

Order Homoptera 128

Lantern Bug Family (Fulgoridae) 128

Order Megaloptera 129

Dobson Fly Family (Corydalidae) 129

Order Coleoptera 130

Long-horned Beetle Family (Cerambycidae) 130

Scarab Beetle Family (Scarabaeidae) 131

Order Hymenoptera 134

Bee Family (Apidae) 134

Ant Family (Formicidae) 135

Order Araneae 140

Orb-weaver Spider Family (Tetragnathidae) 140

Order Polydesmida 141

Millipede Family (Platyrhacidae) 141

Order Decapoda 142

Rock Runner Crab Family (Grapsidae) 142

Land Crab Family (Gecarcinidae) 143

Glossary 145

Bibliography 149


Appendix A Costa Rican Conservation Organizations 153

Appendix B Wildlife Tourism Sites and Field Stations of Costa Rica 154

Appendix C Costa Rican Trip Preparation Checklist 165

Appendix D Travel Tips for a Successful Wildlife Viewing Trip in Costa Rica 166

About the Author 167

Index 169

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