Sarapiquí Chronicle: A Naturalist in Costa Rica, Revised and Expanded Edition

Sarapiquí Chronicle: A Naturalist in Costa Rica, Revised and Expanded Edition

by Allen M. Young


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"Young . . . brings the trained eye of an entomologist and an unabashed admiration for the beauty of nature to this engaging and informative account of his experiences during twenty-one years of fieldwork in Costa Rica's rainforests."—Publishers Weekly

"A splendid read. For newcomers to the moist tropics, and for any but the most sated old-timers, it can be commended for an entertaining account of a locality where life is lived to the full—by all species, including the human observer."—Norman Myers, New Scientist

The abundant insect life of the rainforests of northeastern Costa Rica is the subject of this engaging book, first published over twenty-five years ago and now including two new chapters on the rise of ecotourism in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826357816
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Allen M. Young is a curator emeritus of zoology at the Milwaukee Public Museum. He is also the author of many other books on natural history, most recently Tropical Rainforests and The Chocolate Tree: A Natural History of Cacao.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

1 Leeward into the Land of Clouds 1

2 Windward across a Mountain Ridge and into Sarapiqui 43

3 Natural History Studies of Morpho Butterflies 75

4 Observing Butterfly Roosts on a Steep Mountainside 135

5 Encounters with Cicadas and Other Forest Insects 163

6 Along the Edges of the Rainforest Pharmacological Butterflies and Orchid Bees 225

7 Personal Reflections 293

8 New Beginnings 307

Epilogue 327

Index 331

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