1,251 species of butterfly can be found in Costa Rica That’s about 10% of the world’s butterfly speciesOne reason for this biodiversity: Millions of years ago, Costa Rica and Panama formed a bridge between North & South America, so plants and animal species were able to spread between the continents.
Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) The top side of the wings is a bright blue; however, the underside is a dull brown with ‘eyespots’ to camouflage the butterfly from predators. Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)Also known as the Red Postman, thesebutterflies vary greatly in color androost in groups at night.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Starting in August, these butterflies make a massive migration to southern California and Mexico for the winter. Salome Yellow (Eurema salome)These butterflies fly low to theground and are often found alongthe roadside. There are 6subspecies of Eurema salome,distinguished by the black markingson the wings.
Eggs are usually deposited For 10-60 days, theon plants. This is the most larvae grows, shedding vulnerable stage for the it’s skin up to 6 times. butterfly.
In the last stage of molting, Hatching from the chrysalis larvae hang themselves takes about a day. When the from a leaf or branch to butterfly emerges, it will live form a chrysalis. for around 3 weeks.
Costa Rica has an abundance ofbutterflies, some species of which thrive in certain elevations. They help to pollinate Costa Rica’s many plants and make the forests beautiful.