Fun Fact Friday

Did you know that 18% of the world’s butterfly (and moth) species make their home in Costa Rica?

That is thousands of distinct species! There are many different species of animals found on the UGA Costa Rica campus. The exact number of butterflies found on campus is still unknown, but to date, 150 different species of butterflies have been collected and can be observed in our on-site collection. You can find a list of observed butterfly species here and moths here.

The Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) is a butterfly you are likely to see around campus. The Morpho is famous for its lilting, “float-and-fall” flight pattern and dazzling electric blue coloring. It is commonly seen around rivers and streams.
Souvenirs  featuring the Blue Morpho can be found in our on-site gift shop and in the surrounding areas. Crafts like these show nature’s impact.
Daisy, one of our delightful kitchen staff members, holds up a completed souvenir. Hers depicts a dragonfly, but you get the idea 🙂

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