Just another average sunset in paradise!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Butterfly Highway

As most of you know, my house sits atop a very high cliff facing both the ocean and the village of Aticama.  As insects travel north they are funneled across the area west of the house which is a greenbelt about 15' wide with the house on one side and the beach on the other.

I have seen probably 20 different kinds of butterflies go by.  As I sit on the dining patio taking in the great view there is constant butterfly action.   It is not unusual to see 6 or 7 different butterflies go by within a minute.  Just when I thought I had probably seen all the different kinds available, two completely new ones showed up.  They range in size from 1" to 5" wingspans and are every color of the rainbow; just beautiful!

And speaking of insects, let me describe the great dragonfly migration.  About two weeks ago as I was sitting on the patio enjoying my morning coffee, dragonflies started flying overhead.  At first there were just a few and all were headed north.  In a few minutes the sky was thick with them.  When I say thick, I am talking about 1,000 passing overhead every minute.  The migration went on for more than a hour.  Some stopped to rest on the palms below the patio and I noticed there were two different types.  I assume they were male and female as they were both the same size with the difference being that some had see through wings and some had similar wings with two large black spots on each wing.

There is always something to do here!


  1. We've seen dragonflies migrating across NE Nebraska, too. There will be thousands in the air and the next day nary a one. Really something to see.

  2. heyya golden dave!

    wow! reading your post takes me right back to the Bird House Porch........ sweet to see you living so real

    francisco and weng