Rainforest Publications' Fold-Out Pocket Field Guides are designed to slip into your pocket so that you can easily access our field guides and identify the flora and fauna you see while on your walks, hikes, and excursions through Costa Rica.

There are more than 1,000 identified species of butterflies in Costa Rica. This is approximately ten percent of the total identified butterfly species in the world.

Rainforest Publications' Costa Rica Butterflies Fold-out Pocket Field Guide has approximately 120 of the butterfly species, a substantial majority of which are depicted in more than one phase or variation, that you are likely to see on your adventures in Costa Rica.

The illustrations on this fold-out field guide from Rainforest Publications were created by Jannah Brown, artist, photographer, and world traveler.

The illustration of each species on the field guide is accompanied by the name of the species in English, Spanish, and Latin.

illustration of Green-celled Cattleheart copyright (c) 2008 Jannah Brown, all rights reserved
sample illustration
Green-celled Cattleheart
Parides childrenae

Fold out pocket guides are approximately 24" by 8.75" (61 cm by 22 cm) when spread flat, and contain twelve 9 cm by 22 cm "pages" plus front and back cover pages. When folded, they are only approx. 3.5" by 8.75" (9 cm by 22 cm) and easily fit into your pocket.

On the Rainforest Publications' Costa Rica butterfly field guide, the letters after the English name represent the distribution with Costa Rica:

  • A: butterflies typically found on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, below 1500 meters;
  • P: butterflies typically found on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, below 1500 meters;
  • M: butterflies typically found in the Costa Rican mountains, above 1500 meters.

Rainforest Publications gives donations for each guide sold to environmental and educational organizations. See our About Us page for a list of organizations that have benefited from the sales of our Field Guides.