Hikers in Costa Rica are typically awed by the area's dense forestry, but many may not realize that some of the area's insects offer a glimpse of beauty.
Costa Rica is home to more than 1,250 species of butterflies, making up for more than 18 percent of the world's entire butterfly population and 90 percent of all Central American butterflies reside in Costa Rica. The country is also home to at least 8,000 kinds of moths.
Although butterflies are present year-round, those who travel during the rainy season may be seeing many variations. With the huge butterfly population, travelers won't be able to see them all, but there are some that are more prevalent than others.
The Blue Morpho is one that travelers will most likely see on their adventure, as it's the country's most recognized. With electric blue and black wings, this species is hard to miss. The Owl Butterfly can be found throughout the country as well, and features tan, black and blue wings.
For those who want to get a chance to see more of these gorgeous creatures, the country is home to a number of butterfly gardens.