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Archive for ‘Insects’

The Golden Orb Weaver


The female is one of the largest species of spider in Central America.  The males are super tiny in comparison, like, I thought they were her babies tiny, and several of them are often found hanging out on her web sharing her food supply.  Cool fact: The oldest fossil of spider unearthed (about 165 million years ago) belongs to the golden orb weaver family.  They’re actually very beautiful, and not considered dangerous to humans, though I don’t see myself picking one up any time soon. :)


Headless Snake and Butterfly Rescue

What do they have in common?  my morning. that’s what.

Jason comes in the house yelling for me, which usually means one of two things, someone’s here or he wants my camera.  Him and Julie were out in the yard and found what I think is a harmless brown vine snake.   He decapitated it.  Obviously the highlight of his morning, so I go outside and there it is, dangling from Julie’s hand, headless, and bleeding on my front step.  What’s worse than your kids bringing home a dead snake?  The fact that it was still moving, like, A LOT, and for a long time.  It’s like a car crash, you know?  You want to stop looking, but you can’t…

I come back in the house and notice a couple of Malachite butterflies hanging out in the porch, and I know I’ve got to help them before the dogs find them, plus, there’s something about the act of setting them free that I was hoping would balance out the sorta disturbing previous few minutes of my morning. :P

It worked.

Here I am about to catch and release the first butterfly, but instead I was caught shushing the dogs.


Oh well, just another day in Costa Rica.  with crazy kids.


The Saddleback Caterpillar


This alien looking critter contains horns on both ends, so its hard to tell if they’re coming or going.  The end with the green ‘eyes’ is actually his butt so it appears as if he’s crawling backwards.  Although the horns look kinda freaky, its actually the tiny little hairs along its side that secrete an irritating venom, so look but don’t touch! (Some of us learned this the hard way!)

We relocated this little guy from the garbage can to a safer spot on a leaf nearby, but we used a twig to do it.

pretty cool looking, no?!


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