At Palo Verde, we kept finding these skippers resting during the afternoon on the ceiling of our room, or under the eves outside.
Kissing Bug; fully 29 mm (>1") long. Flying around in our room at night; Palo Verde, Costa Rica. And there I was, worrying about a few pesky mosquitoes while blithely photographing the pretty bug! Turns out these things not only bite sleeping humans, they can also transmit Chagas' disease (which fortunately is not prevalent in Costa Rica, though it does occur).
Well, the mosquito netting did its job.
Many thanks to tristanba for the ID.
Zoom shot -- glad it came out.
Better large. This one turned out to be easy to ID: much to my surprise, there's only 1 species of milkweed in Costa Rica.
Roadside near the Rio Tempisque wetlands in dry tropical forest.
Tropical dry forest, dry season.
Completely carpeting the marsh there, although I haven't been able to substantiate whether it is native or introduced.
Unidentified Ruellia sp., roadside in tropical dry forest.
A wood stork comes in for a landing at the nesting colony on Isla de Pajaros.
Exercising those wing muscles, getting ready to fledge.
One of a pair at a nest cavity. This one was sitting nearby while the mate went in & out of the cavity a couple of times. (We were taken here on a guided tour run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. We stayed well clear of the nest tree itself -- these photos were taken with max zoom. And the geotag is dithered to protect the location.)
One of a pair at a nest cavity. This one went in & out a couple of times; the mate was sitting nearby. (We were taken here on a guided tour run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. We stayed well clear of the nest tree itself -- these photos were taken with max zoom. The geotag is dithered to protect the location.)
Only one of the trip -- not only a life species, but a life family. Just walking around in a cattle enclosure in the middle of the day. I was scanning the cattle enclosure specifically because the field guide said "Easily overlooked in daytime, when it sits or stands in pastures or cleared fields." But after reading "easily overlooked", I wasn't expecting it to smack me between the eyes! Especially since I struck out on this species in the area near the entrance station, where it's supposed to be reliably found.