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

Paperback | May 1, 2010

byCarrol L. HendersonIllustratorSteve AdamsForeword byDaniel H. Janzen

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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.

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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 al...

CARROL L. HENDERSON has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for thirty-three years. 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 h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:187 pages, 8.26 × 5.8 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by Dr. Daniel H. JanzenPrefaceAcknowledgmentsINTRODUCTION Historical Perspective Research Education Preservation Conservation Nature Tourism Geography Biogeography Migratory Species Endemic Species Endemic Wildlife of the Highlands Endemic Species of the Southern Pacific Lowlands Endemic Species of Cocos Island Endemic Species and DNA Barcoding Revelations Major Biological Zones Tropical Dry Forest Southern Pacific Lowlands Central Plateau (Central Valley) Caribbean Lowlands Highlands Coastal Beaches, Islands, and Mangrove Lagoons Wildlife Overview and Species CoverageBUTTERFLIES AND MOTHSSPECIES ACCOUNTS Skipper Family (Hesperiidae) Swallowtail Family (Papilionidae) Hairstreak Family (Lycaenidae) Brush-footed Butterfly Family (Nymphalidae) Flannel Moth Family (Megalopygidae) Carpenter Worm Family (Cossidae) Castniid Moth Family (Castniidae) Giant Silkworm Moth Family (Saturniidae) Sphinx Moth Family (Sphingidae) Uraniid Moth Family (Uraniidae) Geometrid Moth Family (Geometridae) Noctuid Moth Family (Noctuidae) Arctiid Moth Family (Arctiidae)OTHER INVERTEBRATESSPECIES ACCOUNTS Order Odonata Giant Damselfly Family (Pseudostigmatidae) Order Orthoptera Katydid Family (Tettigoniidae) Grasshopper Family (Acrididae) Order Dictyoptera Mantis Family (Mantidae) Order Isoptera Termite Family (Termitidae) Order Homoptera Lantern Bug Family (Fulgoridae) Order Neuroptera Dobson Fly Family (Corydalidae) Order Coleoptera Long-horned Beetle Family (Cerambycidae) Scarab Beetle Family (Scarabaeidae) Order Hymenoptera Bee Family (Apidae) Ant Family (Formicidae) Order Araneae Orb-weaver Spider Family (Tetragnathidae) Order Polydesmida Millipede Family (Platyrhacidae) Order Decapoda Rock Runner Crab Family (Grapsidae) Land Crab Family (Gecarcinidae)GlossaryBibliographyAppendicesAPPENDIX A. Costa Rica Conservation OrganizationsAPPENDIX B. Wildlife Tourism Sites and Field Stations of Costa RicaAPPENDIX C. Costa Rica Trip Preparation ChecklistAPPENDIX D. Travel Tips for a Successful Wildlife Viewing Trip in Costa RicaAbout the AuthorIndex