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Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica: A by Carrol L. Henderson

By Carrol L. Henderson

At the organic crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an fabulous array of crops and animals—over part 1000000 species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the globe, drawn through the possibility of seeing greater than 3 or 400 species of birds and different animals in the course of even a quick remain. to aid these kind of viewers, in addition to neighborhood citizens, determine and luxuriate in the natural world of Costa Rica, Carrol Henderson released Field advisor to the natural world of Costa Rica in 2002, and it immediately turned the integral guide.

Now Henderson has created a devoted box advisor to a couple of hundred tropical butterflies, moths, and different invertebrates that tourists are probably to work out whereas exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He contains interesting details on their ordinary background, ecology, identity, and behaviour gleaned from his 40 years of travels and flora and fauna viewing, in addition to info on the place to work out those outstanding and lovely creatures. The butterflies, moths, and different invertebrates are illustrated by way of over a hundred and eighty beautiful and colourful photographs—most of which have been taken within the wild through Henderson. an in depth and worthy appendix that identifies a lot of Costa Rica's top wildlife-watching locations, motels, and make contact with info for trip-planning reasons completes the volume.

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For example, the Three-wattled Bellbird moves from breeding areas in middle-and high-elevation “temperate” forests during the rainy season (April through December) to lower-elevation “tropical” forests during the dry season (January through March), as illustrated in Figure 5. The Silver-throated Tanager, the Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, and many Costa Rican butterflies and moths carry out elevational migrations. Figure 5. Some tropical insects and birds, like the Three-wattled Bellbird, carry out elevational migrations between breeding seasons and nonbreeding seasons.

So we thank you, Carrol, for broadening your horizons past your beloved feathered microdinosaurs and sharing the results with the rest of us. DANIEL H. JANZEN Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica JULY 8, 2009 PREFACE I grew up as a farm boy near Zearing in central Iowa, and most of my early travels were within twenty-five miles of our family farm. I had quite a provincial view of life and no concept of ecosystems, biological diversity, or tropical rainforests. I just knew that I loved wildlife.

In 1991, tourism contributed $330 million to the Costa Rican national economy. By 1999 that figure had increased to $940 million and exceeded the amount generated by exports of coffee ($408 million) and bananas ($566 million)! By 2006, tourism income exceeded one billion dollars: $1,620,800,000. In addition, nature tourism created more than 140,000 jobs. The best thing about nature tourism is that when it is practiced ethically and in balance with the environment, it is a sustainable natural resource use that diversifies the economic base of the country and makes the value of the national parks and wildlife resources obvious to the citizenry.

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