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Mar, 01 | 2016

Joris Brinckerhoff '82 was a new Peace Corps volunteer, hitchhiking along a dusty road in Costa Rica, when a dilapidated land cruiser pulled up beside him and changed the course of his life. The driver was an entomological prospector, full of stories about bug-hunting expeditions in the rainforest. "I was a frustrated young man still trying to figure out what I wanted to do," says Brinckerhoff...

Mar, 01 | 2016

SAN BOSCO, Costa Rica — Down a half-mile of rocky dirt road, past banana groves and cattle swishing their tails through the warm, moist air, Miguel Murillo is pursuing a different breed of agriculture.

Every morning, he walks to his six backyard gardens, each flush with eye-popping tropical greenery, and gingerly removes tiny spheres from the leaves.

They are eggs, and his “...

Mar, 01 | 2016

In July 2007 Joris Brinckerhoff, founder and owner of Costa Rica Entomological Supplies (CRES), must decide whether to accept an offer from RBA, a publications firm in Barcelona, Spain, to sell mounted butterflies or "deadstock" as part of RBA's "collectibles" program for schoolchildren. Joris had always avoided the deadstock business which he considered to be low margin and unstable. The...

Feb, 29 | 2016

William Camacho worked as a laborer in a biological research station near the village of Las Horquetas, Costa Rica, when he learned from a visiting scientist of the possibility of breeding butterfly pupae for export (just as a moth caterpillar spins a cocoon, a butterfly caterpillar spins a pupa, or pupae in the plural). With the guidance of a technical manual that he obtained from his...

Feb, 20 | 2016

I was fortunate enough to visit CRES in the beginning of January of 2016. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I was excited to see what the country and this company had to offer. I am the entomologist/assistant curator at the new exhibit.

Butterfly Pavillion in Buena Park, California, and I was visiting to get to know breeders and exporters better to supply our large exhibit. I...

Feb, 12 | 2016

We live in a rapidly decaying world. From global warming and depletion of the ozone; deforestation, fouled air and water and species extinction; the absence of coherent political leadership and the decay of whole societies in general, the human species is confronting a slew of hugely complex issues.  In our incessant quest for food, shelter and the raw materials necessary to maintain our...

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