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

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
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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.

Author Biography

Carrol L. Henderson has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for thirty-two 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 have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon, Birder's World, and Wild Bird; and experienced birding tour leader to Latin America, Kenya, Tanzania, and New Zealand; and the author of many magazine articles and nine books, including Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide and Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs. He lives in Blaine, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Historical Perspectivep. 2
Researchp. 2
Educationp. 3
Preservationp. 3
Conservationp. 6
Nature Tourismp. 6
Geographyp. 8
Biogeographyp. 10
Migratory Speciesp. 11
Endemic Speciesp. 13
Endemic Wildlife of the Highlandsp. 13
Endemic Species of the Southern Pacific Lowlandsp. 13
Endemic Species of Cocos Islandp. 14
Endemic Species and DNA Barcoding Revelationsp. 14
Major Biological Zonesp. 15
Tropical Dry Forestp. 17
Southern Pacific Lowlandsp. 17
Central Plateau (Central Valley)p. 18
Caribbean Lowlandsp. 19
Highlandsp. 20
Coastal Beaches, Islands, and Mangrove Lagoonsp. 24
Wildlife Overview and Species Coveragep. 24
Bibliographyp. 26
Butterflies And Moths Species Accounts
Butterfliesp. 31
Swallowtail Family (Papilionidae)p. 34
Gossamer-winged Butterfly Family (Lycaenidae)p. 36
Brush-footed Butterfly Family (Nymphalidae)p. 37
Mothsp. 91
Flannel Moth Family (Megalopygidae)p. 93
Castniid Moth Family (Castniidae)p. 94
Giant Silkworm Moth Family (Saturniidae)p. 95
Sphinx Moth Family (Sphingidae)p. 109
Uraniid Moth Family (Uraniidae)p. 113
Noctuid Moth Family (Noctuidae)p. 114
Arctiid Moth Family (Arctiidae)p. 115
Other Invertebrates Species Accountsp. 119
Order Odonatap. 120
Giant Damselfly Family (Pseudostigmatidae)p. 120
Order Orthopterap. 122
Grasshopper Family (Acrididae)p. 122
Katydid Family (Tettigoniidae)p. 123
Order Dictyopterap. 126
Mantis Family (Mantidae)p. 126
Order Isopterap. 127
Termite Family (Termitidae)p. 127
Order Homopterap. 128
Lantern Bug Family (Fulgoridae)p. 128
Order Megalopterap. 129
Dobson Fly Family (Corydalidae)p. 129
Order Coleopterap. 130
Long-horned Beetle Family (Cerambycidae)p. 130
Scarab Beetle Family (Scarabaeidae)p. 131
Order Hymenopterap. 134
Bee Family (Apidae)p. 134
Ant Family (Formicidae)p. 135
Order Araneaep. 140
Orb-weaver Spider Family (Tetragnathidae)p. 140
Order Polydesmidap. 141
Millipede Family (Platyrhacidae)p. 141
Order Decapodap. 142
Rock Runner Crab Family (Grapsidae)p. 142
Land Crab Family (Gecarcinidae)p. 143
Glossaryp. 145
Bibliographyp. 149
Costa Rican Conservation Organizationsp. 153
Wildlife Tourism Sites and Field Stations of Costa Ricap. 154
Costa Rican Trip Preparation Checklistp. 165
Travel Tips for a Successful Wildlife Viewing Trip in Costa Ricap. 166
About the Authorp. 167
Indexp. 169
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