|A Morphos Butterfly (sober)|
Most people compost in Monteverde, either by digging a pit or simply throwing waste vegetables and fruit into the forest. It's a mecca for assorted Agouti, Pisotes, Raccoons and Butterflies, especially the beautiful blue Morpho butterfly. I have to keep reminding myself to look before I throw the waste into my compost pit as when Morphos are feeding they put their wings up covering up their vivid blue wings and are much harder to see. Sometimes you can lob a whole bowl of waste into the pit and they don't stir.
The reason for is that if the fruit is rotten enough it becomes alcoholic. So when the Morpho sips this it can get a bit inebriated and just sit there on top of bit a rotting mango or papaya swaying in the breeze, too drunk to fly.
|Gratuitous but nonetheless funny photo of drunk man|