Visit to Butterfly Paradise | San Vito Bird Club

Recently, four SVBC members spent the morning visiting Butterfly Paradise, part of a development called Osa Mountain Village about halfway between Palmar Norte and Ojochal on the Pacific Coast. This is an easy drive from San Vito and the views from the road going up the hill are breathtaking.

View from Osa Mountain Village. Photo by Harry Hull.

Dave Fishell, the owner-designer-builder of this new outdoor butterfly vivarium, gave a brief talk on his ongoing efforts to manage a natural environment for his winged charges while keeping track of species counts and hatching pupae. Butterfly life cycles are complicated, involving egg-laying on specific host plants, the eating machines we know as caterpillars, pupation periods and the dramatic emergence of a re-arranged life form: the adult butterfly.

exciting plans to expand with an adjacent, open air hummingbird garden. We spotted Bat Falcon perched across the road, Swallow-tailed Kites swooping overhead and heard many other birds vocalizing in the adjacent forest so we are rooting for Dave to create a birding destination as well.

A thrilling experience for would-be or even accomplished natural history photographers, we plan to offer this new day trip whenever interest is expressed by members and friends. In fact, we are so inspired we are working on a new photo gallery for this website of butterfly beauties commonly seen in the Coto Brus region. We will announce this with a 'post' when it is ready to view so you will not miss it.

Harry Hull with a new friend. Photo by Alison Olivieri

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Recently, 4 members of the San Vito Bird Club visited Butterfly Paradise, part of the company called '' Osa Mountain Village '' approximately halfway between Palmar Norte and Ojochal on the Pacific coast . It is a simple car trip from San Vito and of course with views of the way up the mountain that take your breath away.

Butterfly caterpillar 'morpho'. Photo by Harry Hull

Dave Fishell, the owner-designer-builder of this new outdoor butterfly habitat, gave us a short talk about his continued efforts to provide a natural environment to his winged friends while trying to keep abreast of the number of species and pupae hatched. Butterfly cycles are complicated, they involve laying eggs on specific host plants, eating machines we know as caterpillars, population periods, and the dramatic birth of a whole new way of life that we call an adult butterfly. >

We also find many interesting plants to expand with an outdoor hummingbird garden. We were able to observe a falcon, Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis) perched on the other side of the road and Swallow-Tailed Kites (Gavilan Tijereta) descending by our heads in bite after hearing many bird vocalizations in the adjacent forest . We hope very impatiently for Dave to create a birding destination.

This place offers an unforgettable experience for photographers interested in natural history, we plan to offer this day trip, when the interest is of our members and friends . In fact it has inspired us so much that we are working on a new gallery for the website of the beautiful butterflies commonly seen in the Coto Brus area. It will be announced with a message when it is ready, so you will not miss it.