The Night Tour with Tracie

"The Bug Lady"

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Discover the hidden treasures of Drake Bay,  Costa Rica with Tracie "The Bug Lady" .

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Some tropical mantises are known to eat frogs, lizards, mice, and even birds, as well as insects.

The sudden and powerful strike of the praying mantis takes only 50 to 70 milliseconds to complete.

Some 400 years ago, while observing a praying mantis dispatch a cicada, renowned martial artist Wang Lang was inspired to create an entirely new form of kung fu.   The  mantis style - with its refined hand and arm positions, strikes, and grabs - mimics many of the postures and movements of a hunting mantis.

















In the rainforests of Costa Rica, some snakes have evolved into highly specialized predators.  Incredibly, there are snakes that eat only snails and slugs, while others that specialize on scorpions!













Chunk-headed snakes are fully adapted to life in the trees. They have a prehensile tail and an uncanny ability to cast their eyes downward. These unique adaptations aid the snake in seeking out sleeping lizards, their primary prey.


















Costa Rica boasts over 1,000 species of butterfly. The spectacular Owl butterfly, with it's 13 centimeter wingspan, is among the largest in the world. They inhabit lowland forests and are mainly active at dusk and dawn.


 

 

 

 

 

 


Costa Rica is home to 174 species of amphibians, 44 of which are found nowhere else in the world.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), which was created to catalogue the biodiversity of Costa Rica, on average identifies a new species every three days, most of which are insects.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There are more species of moth than all the mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles put together!


 

 

 

a   moonlight  Adventure in

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Come explore the fascinating world of tropical insects and arachnids with Tracie "The Bug Lady" on this one of a kind adventure trek through the rainforests of Drake Bay, Costa Rica.

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Discover the hidden treasures of Drake Bay on The Night Tour with Tracie The Bug Lady.

Casque-headed Mantis      

 

Rave Reviews for the Bug Lady...

 
 

"...This 21/2-hour tour is one of the most fascinating excursions in the area and shouldn't be missed.  Tracie is a walking encyclopedia on bug facts - and not just boring scientific details.  One of her fields of research is the military use of insects..."

Carolina Miranda and Paige R Penland   Lonely Planet Costa Rica

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The Night Tour with Tracie The Bug Lady takes place nightly from 7:30 - 10:00.

Elephant Beetle            

 

On this two-hour trek through the rainforest, join Biologist Tracie "The Bug Lady" and spotter extraordinaire Gianfranco Gómez, as they team up to reveal the intriguing world of moonlight exploration.

 

Praying Mantis devouring a cicada          

 

We'll go in search of the critters you love to loath - from bugs to bats, to all that creeps, crawls and flies by night.

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The  Brown Vine Snake is just one of many snakes seen on The Night Tour with Tracie the Bug Lady.

 

 

 

Brown Vine Snake           

 

And true, you're sure to see the beast with two brains on this tour.   But fear not!

The tales on this trek are sure to turn your fear and loathing to grudging admiration for some of the most remarkable - and misunderstood - creatures on the planet.

 

  Chunk-headed Snake

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The Chunk-headed Snake is often seen on The Night Tour in Drake Bay.

Preview Gian and Tracie's new book: Encounters: An introduction to the insects and arachnids of Drake Bay, Costa Rica

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The Owl Butterfly is a common resident of Drake Bay.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owl Butterfly

      

"...This is undoubtedly the most interesting wildlife tour I've been on ...if you go to Drake Bay,  you should not miss taking a walk with The Bug Lady."

   Bruce Morris Costa Rica Alive!  Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Like all other tree frogs, masked tree frogs are mostly active during the night.

Masked Tree Frogs 

 


The Night Tour  with Tracie "The Bug Lady" is available at the following Drake Bay Resorts:

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - On The Night Tour with Tracie The Bug Lady, guests will enjoy many great photo opportunities.

     La Paloma Lodge 

Aguila de Osa Inn

  Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

    Cabinas Jade Mar      Cabinas Murillo

  Jinetes de Osa Inn     Mirador Lodge 

  Rancho Corcovado        Cabinas Manolo   

  Cabinas Pura Vida    Finca Maresia  

  Casita Corcovado Casa Horizontes B & B

Pirate Cove Tranquilo Lodge

 Martina's Place

Guests lodging at Jinetes de Osa Inn, Cabinas Manolo, Mirador Lodge, Cabinas Murillo  and Aguila de Osa Inn who wish to participate on the Night Tour with Tracie "The Bug Lady" should reserve directly. These lodges have their own staff night tour guides and will put guests on their house tours.

We ask guests lodging at Jinetes de Osa Inn, Pirate Cove, Cabinas Murillo and Cabinas Manolo for an advanced payment via Pay Pal in order to confirm their Night Tour reservation.

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Katydids are masters of the art of camouflage.

   Leaf Katydid                

 

The Night Tour is $35 per person and  takes place nightly from 7:30 to 10:00 pm .   Reservations are required.

Advanced reservations are highly recommended.  To ensure your place on the tour , simply click the following link. 

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica - This Rothschildia Silkmoth is one of the most beautiful moths in Costa Rica.

Rothschildia Silkmoth

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Leaf cutter ants carry leaf segments back to their underground nests.

 

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