Charlotte is a tarantula, bigger than my hand, and quite beautiful. She was out and about probably in search of insect life on the side of a new path through the coffee. With the rains the insects are everywhere.
They were the size of my little finger nail; Fluttered like moths, swarmed like ants or termites and flew off like a flock of crows darkening the sky all over the coffee farm.
We have had our first seriously heavy rain today combined with warmer weather. Must be a trigger for this insect to emerge from the ground and do its thing.
No idea whether this was a breeding swarm, a communal hatching or some sort of species migration. What ever it was it was spooky: Great clouds of black winged insects filling the sky all over the coffee farm all at the same time. Must have been literally millions and millions of bugs. More bugs than there are people in the entire Republic of Panama on my tiny farm.
My camera could not focus on the clouds. This is an insect or two next to my flip flop for perspective. Look more harmless this way.