Monday, August 28, 2017

Racket-tipped Rubyspot

I still remember Scott King exclaiming that the American Rubyspot he showed me along the Cannon River here in Minnesota was a tropical vision. He is correct. The American is the only rubyspot found in Minnesota. At least nine species are found in Costa Rica, including the Smokey Rubyspot we saw on our first day in Central America. (Smoky Rubyspots are found north, well into the southeastern United States.)

Racket-tipped Rubyspots range from Mexico to Panama and are not found in the United States. I found the female in the lower photograph on 2 June 2017 at the Villa Lapas eco-lodge in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Males proved more elusive to capture by camera. We saw males off and on throughout our expedition. One in focus, like in the first photo, was not captured until much further north on 10 July near Aranal.

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