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Searching for new nectar plant species

Tue, May 28, 2013 at 01:15:54 PM



I spent most of yesterday cruising the back-roads close to the Nicaraguan border hoping to come across new nectar plant species, but the whole lowland area is parched through lack of rain.   One spectacular sight during the day was this beautiful Guanacaste tree, Enterolobium cyclocarpum, the national tree of Costa Rica.  



Following a particularly colorful sunset, viewed from the butterfly farm, the manager and his staff had some success in our search for the beetle we are trying to bring into a sustainable captive breeding program.


Megasoma elephas , the elephant beetle, is a spectacular insect and we hope that bringing it into such a program will allow the butterfly farm to diversify somewhat.  There is definitely a demand for these wonderful beetles as live exhibits in insect zoos etc. around the country.  Shown are a minor male (with greatly shortened ‘horn’) and a female.







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