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Costa Rica hosts hundreds of thousands of insect species, including more than 1,250 species of butterflies. No one knows the exact number of beetle species or ants, which are in their thousands. Bees, wasps, and myriad other flying creatures buzz about, while an astounding profusion of other types of insects creep, crawl, or leap. Many advertise their toxicity with gaudy coloration. Others have adopted clever techniques of disguise to prey or avoid being preyed upon. Scorpions and other arachnids – from tiny jumping spiders to giant tarantulas – are ubiquitous too. Costa Rica celebrates its arachnid and insect diversity in butterfly gardens and insect ...

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