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Insects of Costa Rica (Podcast)

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In this episode, we travel to Costa Rica to experience firsthand the astonishing variety of insect life in this tiny Central American nation—20,000 different kinds of butterflies and moths alone!

José Montero and Manuel Zumbado, both of the Costa Rican National Biodiversity Institute, INBio, explain how this crossroads between North and South America became a hotspot for evolutionary innovation, producing such spectacular specimens as Thysania agrippina, a moth so large that it’s often mistaken for….well, you’ll have to listen to find out!

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