The First Day’s Critters — Dos Rios — Costa Rica 2020

Dos Rios is situated on a large and forested hillside in a very rural valley. Critters abound. Bugs, birds, animals, are seen all around. The first morning there, I saw an anteater, something I’d never seen there before. Every year we see something we’ve never seen before.

What else did we see that first day there?

When we got up, the porch had a dozen or so cicadas and eight or more giant grasshoppers. In the first light, up in the tops of the poró trees, parrots cheeped, chuckled, and squawked. In the early light they were silhouettes.

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Parrots in poró, Dos Rios, Costa Rica, January 2020

A little later, while hanging out some laundry, we saw a poison arrow frog in the ferns at the base of the big fig tree…

For more, see:

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Poison arrow frog, Dos Rios, Costa Rica, January 2020

On the table at the Casita was this beautiful moth. Its wingspan was no more than an inch-and-a-half . I’ve downloaded this image to a “hive mind” ID site. Maybe we’ll learn what it is.

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Small moth of great beauty, Dos Rios, Costa Rica, 2020

In the gravel next to the walkway around the house was a great big click beetle.

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Metallic Click Beetle, (Chalcolepidus lacordairei) Dos Rios, Costa Rica, January 2020

We see these big green click beetles almost every year. They’re a wonder. If you flip them over, you’ll almost always see mites on them. Sometimes the mites are a honey-brown color. Sometimes they’re bright red, like the one you see on this beetles right front leg.

In 1872, Augustus De Morgan wrote:

“Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum……”

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And in 1733, the incredible Jonathan Swift wrote these lines…

“The Vermin only teaze and pinch
Their Foes superior by an Inch.
So, Nat’ralists observe, a Flea
Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller yet to bite ’em,
And so proceed ad infinitum:
Thus ev’ry Poet, in his Kind
Is bit by him that comes behind…”

Bees abound. All kinds of bees. Here’s a busy bee in a hibiscus.

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Bee in hibiscus, Dos Rios, Costa Rica 2020

There were well-beed freshly opened blossoms in the young coconut trees.

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Bees on coconut flowers, Dos Rios, Costa Rica 2020

As the day warms, butterflies abound.

In an aging pathside patch of zinnias was this beauty.

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In the Old Patch of Zinnias, Dos Rios, Costa Rica, January 2020

In the woodpile behind the bodega a quick zip motion caught my eye. This guy was soon gone deep into the stack of boards, but I did get this shot of him. An anole of some sort.

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What IS it????? This photo also went to the ID site….

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Pretty Strange. DosRios, Costa Rica, January 2020

Time to stop…I’m in the middle of a carpentry project that has to get done.

Here’s another squawky critter for you.

The house gecko.

(One of them.)

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House Gecko. Dos Rios, January 2020

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