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Costa Rica 2018

Butterflies and Moths

All photographs ©2018; most taken by me unless noted.  Abbreviations:  HBV = Hotel Buena Vista; BCNP = Braulio Carillo National Park; CP = Cope's Place and environs; SV = Selva Verde Lodge; LSBS = La Selva Biological Station; LDL = Laguna del Lagarto Lodge; AOL = Arenal Observatory Lodge.  Please note that many of these are "best guesses"; I would greatly appreciate feedback from those more knowledgeable than I!  Thanks!


Transandean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas)  AOL


Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilo anchisiades) by RT Cox

Victorine Swallowtail (Pterourus coroebus vulneratus) by Dennis Paulson (SVL)


Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) AOL


Florida White (Appias drusilla) LDL


Common Green-eyed White (Leptophobia aripa) HBV


White Angled Sulphur (Anteos clorinde) AOL

Female Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) AOL

Statira Sulphur (Phoebis statira) AOL


Scarce Yellow (Eurema xantochlora) HBV left, AOL right

Black-veined Brangas (Brangas coccineifrons) SVL

Chiapas Stripestreak (Arawacus togarna)  CP

White Scrub Hairstreak (Strymon albata) - Photo by Karen Kearny


Cloudy-eyed Whitemark (Leucochimona lagora) Dorsal left, ventral (by Karen Kearny) right.  CP

Cloaked Scintillant (Detritivora barnesi) CP

Red-spotted Hemmark (Nymphidium onaeum) BCNP


Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) AOL

Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) LDL

Sara Heliconian (Heliconius sara)  LDL


Square-tipped Crescent, female (Eresia phillyra) SVL  This looks very similar to what I'm calling a Three-banded below, so corrections are welcome!


Three-banded Crescent (Ereasia alsina) Male left (by Karen Kearny, location unknown), female right - AOL

Creamy Crescent (Eresia clio) by Ann Cooper

Pale-banded Crescent (Phyciodes tulcis)  LDL

Tropical Buckeye (Junonia genoveva) LDL

White Peacock (Anarita jatrophae) LDL


Banded Peacock (Anarita fatima) SVL left, LSBS right

Celadon Sister (Adelpha serpa) by Karen Kearny

Smooth-banded Sister (Adelpha cytherea) LDL

Little Banner (Nica flavilla) SVL


Stoplight Catone (Catonephele numilia) LDL

Red Cracker (Hamadryas amphinome) by Karen Kearny - LDL

Variable Cracker (Hamadryas feronia) LDL

New Beauty (Colobura annulata) by Karen Kearny

Tiger Beauty (Tigridia acesta) by Karen Kearny

Dappled Daggerwing (Marpesia merops) by Karen Kearny


Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus) AOL

Big-spotted Leafwing? (Anaea perenna?) by Karen Kearny

Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta) LDL


Orion Cecropian (Historis odius) ventral - LDL


Orion Cecropian (Historis odius) dorsal by RT Cox - LDL

Common Morpho (Morpho helenor) by RT Cox

White-signed Morphet (Antirrhea philoctetes) BCNP

Dusky Owl-Butterfly (Caligo illioneus) by RT Cox - LDL


Split-banded Owlet (Opsiphanes cassina) LDL (left shot by Karen Kearny)


Rusted Phantom Satyr (Cithaerias pireta) by Karen Kearny

Common Ur Satyr (Taygetis thamyra) LDL

Possible Great Ur Satyr (Taygetis mermeria)  SVL

Transgressive Black-eyed Satyr (Euptychia jesia) by Karen Kearny

Double-white Satyr (Pareuptychia ocirrhoe) LDL

White-banded Satyr (Pareuptychia metaleuca) AOL


Plain Satyr (Cissia pompilia) Left SVL, right LDL

Blue-vented Blue Satyr (Chloreuptychia arnaca) by Karen Kearny

Blue-gray Big-eyed Satyr (Magneuptychia libye)  SVL

Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata) by Dennis Paulson (LDL)

Variable Prestonian (Tithorea tarricina) by Karen Kearny

Variegated Ticlear (Godyris zavaleta) by Karen Kearny

White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus) AOL


Yellow-tipped Flasher (Astraptes anaphus) AOL


Lilac-based Flasher (Astraptes tucuti) AOL


Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne) (AOL)


Plain Longtail (Urbanus simplicius) AOL


Teleus Longtail (Urbanus teleus) LDL


Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) AOL


Esmeraldas Longtail (Urbanus esmeraldus) SVL

Possible Morning Glory Pellicia (Pellicia dimidiata) By Karen Kearny

Common Blue Skipper (Quadrus cerialis) by Dennis Paulson (SVL)

Powder Blue Skipper (Pythonides jovianus) by Karen Kearny

Variegated Skipper (Gorgythion begga) by Karen Kearny

Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus) LDL

Pale-veined Brown Skipper (Vehilius vetula) CP

Pasture Brown Skipper (Vehilius stictomenes) AOL

Hypargyra Skipper (Paracarystus hypargyra) by Karen Kearny


Common Glassywing (Pompeius pompeius) Left, AOL; right SVL

Fuzzy Saliana (Saliana fusta) AOL

Therinia transversaria - SVL

 Tacit Sphinx (Nyceryx tacita) AOL

Leafy Sphinx (Xylophanes chiron) by RT Cox

Mystery moth (SVL)

Mystery moth (mochis sp?) SVL

Colorful red-legged moth (SVL)

 Illustrated and Audio Bird Lists

 Dragonflies and Damselflies

 Herps, Mammals, and Other Critters

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