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Costa Rica 2012

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by VinceG, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

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    Here are some pictures of insects, reptiles, amphibians and arachnids that I've taken during my trip in Costa Rica.

    Guanacaste, Costa Rica:
    This region is the most arid in Costa Rica.

    First nighttime session near my hotel:
    A normal Lycosidae:
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    A weird looking cricket:
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    An amblypigid:
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    Some wasps starting their nest in a leave:
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    A grasshopper that was right next to the nest:
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    A Centroides sp., infested by mites. I'm quite sure someone on the boards can identify this species!
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    The first tarantula found there. It's a mature male, measuring about 2.5''. He had some really nice purple highlights:
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    Harpaphe haydeniana, yellow-spotted milliped. They were all over the place! Sadly I did not have a diffuser for a better picture!
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    Micrathena sp.:
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    Bufo gigantica, a huge toad! He was about a foot long!
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    This is just the first part of my pictures, there is a lot more to come! So stay tuned for more!
    For better quality: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincentgiroux/
     
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  2. mark e sic

    mark e sic Arachnosquire

    NICE keep them coming!!
     
  3. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    Thanks a lot sir!
    More coming very soon!
     
  4. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    Here is a few more pictures.
    Still in the region of Guanacaste

    Another amblypigid:
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    A quite large grasshopper:
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    A red-eyed cicada:
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    Another Centruroides sp.:
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    Leaf-mimic grasshopper:
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    A very small mygalomorph:
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    A very nice mantid, he was quite high up in the tree, so I was not able to get a great shot of it:
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    One of my personal favorite; A green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans, protecting her eggsac!:
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    A camel spider, too bad I missed a part of the pedipalps:
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    Lycosa sp?:
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    Another mature male tarantula, this one was about the same size:
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    A sleepy anole:
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    Another lizard:
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    A preview of my next set of pictures of the region of the Lake of Arenal (rainforests):
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  5. Good stuff, Vince. The green 'grasshopper' is a katydid and the 'Harapaphe' is probably a distant cousin of that genus. The mantid find is awesome. Great country. I would love to go back and visit the side you're on. Off to check out your gallery...
     
  6. loxoscelesfear

    loxoscelesfear Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Looks like a good time! While traveling, I try to pick desolate motels so I can go exploring. Skip unloading luggage-- just put on headlamp, and head off into the unknown.
     
  7. Storm76

    Storm76 Arachnoemperor

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    I don't know if I'd be able to do that not really being able to identify nearly every thing I stumbled across, but those pictures are just gorgeous and great to look at!
     
  8. Nice pics, the centruroides are amazing
     
  9. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    Thanks for the ID! I don't know much about the Orthopteras, but they are really interresting!
    It's definitly a nice place to visit!

    ---------- Post added 02-14-2012 at 06:25 PM ----------

    That's pretty much what I did! Haha!

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    Thanks! I'll send pictures this weekend!

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    Yes they are! And they were everywhere!
     
  10. moloch

    moloch Arachnoknight

    Excellent shots, Vince. Looks like you found a number of interesting animals.

    Regards,
    David
     
  11. Thats amazing, thanks for sharing this
     
  12. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    Sorry for the little break, my mid term exams kept me quite busy.

    These next specimens were fount mostly in a rainforest at night, near the Arenal Volcano.
    Sadly I had no light diffuser, so the rain quite ruined those pictures.
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    Bean Weevil:
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    Some kind of glass frog (ID?):
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    One of the only snakes I've been able to take a picture of, sadly I was only equiped with a macro lens, and the camera flash, so the lighting is very bad. Plus, the snake was quite far from me.
    I think it is a Common tree boa, Corallus ruschenbergerii:
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    Here is some more pictures of the arid regions of Guanacaste:

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    A very small scorpion, I need an ID on this one!
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    Salticidae:
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    The next pictures were taken in a National Park in the North-West of Costa Rica, I can't quite remember the name but it was a really nice place!

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    This picture has a weird effect to it, there was no modifications at all brought to it. Sadly I was sightly out of focus:
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    Finally, the best catch, a wild Aphonopelma seemanni. I fought for about 15 minutes to get her out of her hole to take some pictures, it was quite a hard task since I was getting bit my some kind of flies.
    She was about 4'', a very beautiful specimen:
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    I have a few more pictures left, I'll post them tomorrow if I have the time!

    Cheers,
    Vince
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  13. Awesome! Thanks for posting.
     
  14. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    My pleasure to share with you! I'm glad you liked it!

    Here are the very last pictures I took.

    Centroides sp.
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    And finally a very impressive Blaberus giganteus, by far the biggest roach I've seen!
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    Thanks to everyone who liked my thread, I really enjoy getting feedbacks!


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  15. Nice! Tropical bugs are so cool.
     
  16. VinceG

    VinceG Arachnobaron

    Yes they are! And there is so much diversity too!
     
  17. lizardminion

    lizardminion Arachnolord

    This is where the term "living souvenir" comes from...