Canopy Safari Manuel Antonio
Canopy Safari Manuel Antonio

 

OUR BUTTERFLY GARDEN:

This is one of the newest additions to our zip line tour in Costa Rica and quickly becoming a favorite attraction for all family members. When you finish the exciting canopy course our guides will take you into our butterfly farm where you can enjoy a wide variety of native species that can be found all around our country.

Some of the butterfly species that you will find in our garden, and are featured above, are:

Alinote ozomene nox, Appias drusilla, Ascia monuste,Caligo brasiliensis sulanus, Chlosyne janais janais, Danaus plexippus plexippus, Greta morgane oto, heleconius erato petiverana, heliconius cydno galanthus, heraclides anchisiades idaeus, heraclides androgeus epidarus, heraclides thoas nealces, mechanitis polymnia isthmia, morpho helenor marinita, papilio polyxenes stabilis, phoebis philea, plexippus-plexippus, siproeta stelenes biplagiata.

ABOUT THE BUTTERFLY'S LIFE CICLE

How long does a butterfly live?
In the adult stage a butterfly will live approximately 3 to 4 weeks.  However, the entire life cycle of a butterfly can range between 2 and 8 months, depending on species.  Some migratory butterflies, such as the monarch in North America, can live as long as 7 to 8 months in one generation.  Others, such as the Heliconius butterflies, do not migrate but can still live sometimes as long as 8 months.

How many times do the adults mate?
The females will only mate once throughout their lives whereas the males can mate more than once.  This leads to competition between the males to mate with the females.

How many eggs do the females lay?
Usually a female adult butterfly will lay around 100 eggs.  Different groups of species have different ways of going about the laying of their eggs.  Some prefer to lay eggs abundantly in groups, while others prefer to lay their eggs singly and scattered on many plants.  Yet others may even drop their eggs in flight as their relationship with the host plant is less specific and they don't need to be quite as accurate in choosing.

How do butterflies mate?
Butterflies mate "back-to-back", with the wings of the males typically found in between those of the female.  The males attach themselves to the abdomen of the female with their claspers, and inject the sperm into the abdomen.   There the female stores the sperm in a sac called a spermathecae until she decides to lay the eggs, upon which they will be fertilized by the sperm.

How long does a butterfly stay in the different stages of it's life cycle?
On average, the time table of the life cycle is like so:

Egg- 7 to 10 days
Pupa- 7 to 10 days
Larva- 3 to 4 weeks
Adult- 3 to 4 weeks

Does a butterfly produce a cocoon?
No, it is incorrect to say that a butterfly produces a cocoon.  A butterfly produces a chrysalis while a moth produces a cocoon.  These are both types of pupa produced by lepidoptera.

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