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" .
Praying Mantises have been important mystic creatures in many cultures throughout the world.
Arab and Turkish cultures believed that these insects constantly prayed with their faces turned toward Mecca.
In the southern United States, mantises are known as devil's coach-horses or mule-killers and are feared by superstitious people.
To the Kalahari Bushmen, however, the mantis is sacred, representing a god of creation.
Female Gaudy Leaf Frogs typically lay clutches of 20 to 50 sticky eggs.
The eggs (see picture below) are placed on either the upper surface or the underside of leaves overhanging pools of water.
She may lay up to five clutches in a single night.
After five to eight days, the tadpoles hatch and drop into the water below.
It then takes about 80 days for them to develop into frogs.
Resembling a withered, rotting leaf, this katydid is one of the best disguised insects in the rainforest.
The wings of katydids often feature blemishes to enhance their camouflage.
The notched ends of this katydid's wings are uncanny replicas of insect damaged leaves.
Boa Constrictors are live-bearing snakes.
Females can give birth to litters of up to 60 young !
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