One of the scariest and most aggressive creatures in Costa Rica is known as the “Brazilian Wandering Spider” (photo above). The scientific name of this genus is Phoneutria, which is Greek for “murderess”, and there are eight known species.
When I visited the insect museum in Monteverde, the experts there told me that there were no dangerous spiders in Costa Rica. My friend Arlo, who has a PhD in Bug-ology, also confirmed that Costa Rica doesn’t have this species. However, when he saw the proof of my first video (the first video below) he changed his mind!Read More
An object of fear throughout the world, the tarantula is the fuzziest of spiders, making it look larger. Normally slow-moving, they come out of their subterranean lairs to hunt at night, often crawling into people’s houses and sometimes their beds.Read More