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Archive for July, 2012

Owl Butterfly

Julianne found this dead and partially torn Owl Butterfly just outside of the house.   These beauties are in the genus Caligo, with an impressive wingspan of around 6 inches!

(forewings)

Owl butterflies prefer to fly at dusk as opposed to most butterflies which fly during the day.  They feed on the oozing juice of rotting fruit, and their main predators are lizards.  Sleeping on the job, Phil?  Looks like something took a chunk out of the bottom half of this one before we found it.

(hindwings)

Still beautiful, I think.

 

Meet Phil the Ctenosaur

Keeping guard on the rooftop as we swim.

 

Agua de Pipa

It doesn’t take long driving around Costa Rica to see a wooden sign on the side of the road that reads “PIPA FRIA”.  Coconut water is a popular drink here, and is as delicious as it is healthy.  Lucky for us, we have a Costa Rican can opener (machete) and lots of coconut trees on the property, so we get to enjoy this refreshing beverage whenever we like.

Coconut water is full of electrolytes and packed with calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It’s loaded with vitamins, low in calories and fat and has no cholesterol, making it perfect for avoiding or even treating dehydration (think sports drinks).  Coconut water is also used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where medical saline is unavailable.  Did I mention it’s a natural aphrodisiac?  Now that’s some good stuff.

Sip slowly and enjoy……

It’s like drinking from the breast of mother earth.Aris LaTham

 
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