I love the large variety of interesting and beautiful insects and critters in Panama. I try to keep a camera nearby just in case.
One night my neighbor called me out. They had found this crab in the middle of the street. We weren’t sure if it was OK so I got a shovel to move it to a safer place. When I touched it with the shovel it scampered off into the grass. Just a few days ago a friend posted a picture of another crab like this one that she saw where she lives on the other side of town. My neighbors said they had never seen a crab that wasn’t close to water, so who knows what is up with this.
This is from last October
We found this beautiful butterfly in the street in the front of our house.
I spend a lot of time outside on the terrace, and I am frequently visited by various bugs.
A golden fly
I felt something crawling up my heel. It was this fuzzy little guy
I have heard that some of these fuzzy caterpillars are toxic and/or can give you a fever. This one only crawled a bit up my heel though, and I didn’t touch the fuzzy part at all.
I didn’t know what this one was until I enlarged the photos I took with my macro lens
This one moved so fast it was a real challenge to get some acceptable photos
This little beauty was on the wall in the kitchen as I was washing dishes
And now for the creepy crawlers! Joel has some sheets of plywood behind the house and we know the scorpions like to hide out there. Today he found this!
It took me a moment to realize this was a mother scorpion covered with babies!
We don’t mind a scorpion or two in the plywood. We know they will probably be there and we know to watch out for them. This though? No, we don’t need a hundred babies growing up back there. Joel got his picker upper thing on a stick, I got a bucket, and he tossed the scorpions in the bucket for relocation in the woods.
When she hit the bucket though, many of the babies fell off. Here she is at the bottom of the bucket collecting some of the babies back.
If that isn’t enough scorpions, I also got a short video of her picking up babies on her pinchers so they can crawl back up on her back.
I took the bucket to the woods and let them all go. I know scorpions aren’t the most popular things but I can’t bring myself to kill something unless it’s really necessary. Hopefully they can carry on their lives out in the woods and they won’t find their way back to our place.
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