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Pictures of Insects in Costa Rica

Updated on June 22, 2013
Black and yellow bug.  One of many on a leaf chewing up the tissue on the upper and lower surfaces.  It has a body shape similar to the boxelder bug, but the wing pattern is different.
Black and yellow bug. One of many on a leaf chewing up the tissue on the upper and lower surfaces. It has a body shape similar to the boxelder bug, but the wing pattern is different. | Source
Borer beetle found on the bark of a tree under poor lighting circumstances.  It has interesting patterns and appendages on the body.
Borer beetle found on the bark of a tree under poor lighting circumstances. It has interesting patterns and appendages on the body. | Source
Aedes aegypti, the dengue mosquito.
Aedes aegypti, the dengue mosquito. | Source

Pictures of Beetles, Flies and Dragonflies in Costa Rica

These are several pictures that I have taken of insects in Costa Rica. They include bugs, flies and dragonflies. These photos do not include butterfly and moth photos that can be found on my Guancaste-Mi Tierra blog. If anyone can help me with the identification of the photos, it would be most appreciated. Besides the photos, I also discuss below some other annoying insects prevalent in the country.

All of the photos have been taken in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, the province in the northwest corner of the country bordering Nicaragua.

Some of the photos have great resolution, while others do not. Some of the ones with lower resolution are included because they provide interesting images, even though the detail is harder to discern.

Some insects which are important to know are too small to take a photo of. For instance, the biting midges which are found in the mountainous areas. This little winged devils bite you and leave a blood mark and an itching welt for several days. I certainly am not patient enough to take a photo of one of these devils while they are sucking up my blood. The dengue mosquito is an important insect that everyone should know. This mosquito flies only during the day and transmits dengue fever through its bite. They are common in lowland areas and in some communities around the country. I contracted this disease during the Christmas season of 2011.

Dragonfly Photos from Costa Rica

I particularly like taking photos of dragonflies, although they frequently don't like to stay put and pose. When they do, I can take a quick photo. It takes a great deal of patience. Dragonflies are colloquially called papilachas in Costa Rica, but the formal Spanish word for them is libelula.

This dragonfly photo was taken near the Salitral area from an area where thermal waters are.  Near Volcano Miravalles.
This dragonfly photo was taken near the Salitral area from an area where thermal waters are. Near Volcano Miravalles. | Source
This dragonfly photo was taken along the eastern slope of Volcano Miravalles in a swampy area near a thermal vent.
This dragonfly photo was taken along the eastern slope of Volcano Miravalles in a swampy area near a thermal vent. | Source
This dragonfly photo was taken near Panama beach in Guanacaste province.
This dragonfly photo was taken near Panama beach in Guanacaste province. | Source
A golden dragonfly on a water hyacinth leaf.  Photo taken on the north slopes of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
A golden dragonfly on a water hyacinth leaf. Photo taken on the north slopes of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

Dragonfly Identification Resources

More Beetle and Fly Photos from Costa Rica

A golden fly on a leaf.
A golden fly on a leaf.
Perhaps a wood boring beetle found on the bark of a tree.
Perhaps a wood boring beetle found on the bark of a tree.
These wasps are common in Costa Rica.  They can apparently be aggressive if disturbed.  (Trompa de chancho avespas) Nest on an Indio Desnudo (Naked Indian) tree.
These wasps are common in Costa Rica. They can apparently be aggressive if disturbed. (Trompa de chancho avespas) Nest on an Indio Desnudo (Naked Indian) tree. | Source
Green longhorned beetle that was flying towards me on a road.  Formidable encounter.  The horns are about 3 inches apart.
Green longhorned beetle that was flying towards me on a road. Formidable encounter. The horns are about 3 inches apart. | Source
A large black and white fly.
A large black and white fly. | Source
This diminutive bug with long horns was found on a ceiling along with several moths. With the horns, it was about an inch and a half long.
This diminutive bug with long horns was found on a ceiling along with several moths. With the horns, it was about an inch and a half long. | Source

Moths and Nocturnal Insects of Costa Rica

Moth Photos

This moth was found on the tropical cloud forest floor along the trail for Rio Celeste (Blue River) near San Carlos.
This moth was found on the tropical cloud forest floor along the trail for Rio Celeste (Blue River) near San Carlos. | Source
This stunning moth was observed in an ornamental planting at a restaurant near Puntarenas.
This stunning moth was observed in an ornamental planting at a restaurant near Puntarenas. | Source
This grey and black moth visited my home and landed on this piece of cloth that was on a table.
This grey and black moth visited my home and landed on this piece of cloth that was on a table. | Source
A moth on the beach.
A moth on the beach. | Source

Insects at Arenal Observatory Lodge

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    • Randy M. profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy McLaughlin 

      6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      They look so similar, I would say the same thing. It seems as if the Eastern Amberwing has a broad range of habitat. This was my first time to see one here in my 4 years of roaming around Costa Rica. Thanks for the info Tim!

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      Tim Ng 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for your sharing.

      The golden dragonfly looks almost the same as Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera), a Skimmer dragonfly (0.9") at New York City. Here is my photo:

      http://www.siung.net/bird/tmp2/dragonfly/968.Easte...

    • Randy M. profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy McLaughlin 

      6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      I follow Derdriu's hubs and enjoy her work. Thanks, Debby.

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Randy, thank you for sharing your love of dragonflies with the community. You will adore Derdriu's hubs on all thing "nature" and her everlasting knowledge-base of information. Blessings, Debby

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      Derdriu 

      6 years ago

      Randy M, It's possible that as much as 25% of the insect life in Costa Rica remains uncategorized because it's so vast. The pictures are gorgeous. Once I get over my cold, I'll take a closer look. But I have such a cold that the sinus pressure is giving me headaches and blurry vision these past days. In fact, I accidentally combined the halves of two different hubs, published them as one, and then had to unpublish and republish because of being a bit under the weather.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      natures47friend 

      6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Wow...beautiful photos! The wasp nest is very designer-like.

      Costa Rica sounds great. Voted up...I love insects! awesome, beautiful & interesting.

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      Danielle Lopez 

      6 years ago from Spain

      Awesome pics! I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica. It looks so beautiful! Voted up. :D

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