Explore the amazing variety of Colours!
Next, only to birds, Butterflies are the most colorful flying creatures of Costa Rica. With 1500 different species of Butterfly and 12 000 different species of moths, the numbers are staggering. Costa Rica has 90% of all Central American species and 18 percent of the total earth’s population. No wonder Costa Rica is so biologically diverse. No matter where you are in the country you will see these colorful designs flying around. From in the Central Valley of San Jose to the top of each mountain and Volcano. Blue Green, Pink, Yellow, and every color in between. One of our favorites is the Blue Morpho Butterfly.
Differences of Moths and Butterflies
The Differences of moths and butterflies are subtle but obvious at the same time. If you look closely you will notice that butterflies tend to be more colorful and have a larger variety of patterns. Whereas months tend to be a little duller with more yellows and brown tone used in their color schemes. Another difference is noted in the way they land. Butterflies wings always land closed and moths land with opened. The most notable difference is Butterflies come out during the day and moths at night though you do see the odd moth staying up past its bedtime.
A curious fact about moths: The sloth’s fur works as a self-contained ecological community, giving residence to algae and moths, this not only helps them blend with their environment but, have you ever think, what do sloths eat?
The Blue Morpho Butterfly!
The Blue Morpho Butterfly is the most notable butterfly of all Costa Rica. You won’t find a brighter blue than this. This butterfly is rather special because of its unique color and here is the reason why. The Morpho butter fly isn’t Blue. It isn’t because of a color pigmentation that these beautiful butterflies are this color. It is actually because of the deep reflective scales on their wings. These scales are very similar to diamonds, they are strategically placed so that when light reflects through them a brilliant blue color pops out. This is called iridescence.
Also, when you are viewing the Blue Morpho Butterfly you will notice another brown butterfly flying along side them. This is the female version of the Morpho. The Blue Morpho is colorful for mating reasons, to attract appropriate mates they flash their colorful wings. The Morphos are very territorial as well protecting what they view as their own. Another cool fact about the Blue Morpho Butterfly is they enjoy the sunlight. Their eyes are highly sensitive to UV light making their eye site better during the times of sunlight.
If you want to see these natural wonders, it is best to dive into the rainforest near the sunny spots. You might just see a group of them flapping about, too anf fro through the sunny back drop of the rainforest.