Buggin’ Out

 

A Giant Water Bug, Lethocerus americanus, I found curled up next to a garden hose.
A Giant Water Bug, Lethocerus americanus. I found her curled up next to a garden hose.

One of the reasons people come to Playa Viva is the wide variety of flora and fauna to be found here. I was no exception, and was eagerly anticipating getting to know all of the living creatures to be found here. Mexico is a hugely biodiverse country, and Playa Viva itself contains multiple ecosystems including dunes, mangroves, estuary lagoons, deciduous forest and wetland. As a result, the surrounding environment is an amateur naturalist’s paradise.

Anyone know what these are? I found them almost covering the trunk of a tree along the road  to Playa Viva
Anyone know what these are? I found them almost covering the trunk of a tree along the road to Playa Viva.

My first night here, stepping outside for some fresh air in the wee hours of the morning, I came upon a tiny, amber-coloured scorpion scurrying across the steps of the volunteer house in Juluchuca. Subsequently, I’ve discovered all manner of many-legged critters crawling around the environs, including a large brown tarantula, just hanging out on the wall of the house in the early morning.

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A tarantula visiting the Juluchuca house (Photo: Lynda Curtis)
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Small but powerful! (Photo: Lynda Curtis)

 

Of course, Playa Viva isn’t only known for its abundant insect life – next I’m off to find some sea turtles!

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