And Then Came the Winged Creatures

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. ~ Bill Vaughan ~

In Panama one really knows that Wet Season is here with the first arrival of the swarm of insects.  Yes, the hordes of termites began arriving yesterday.  They will become worse in the coming days and I’ll be sweeping up wings and eventually carcasses from both the porches.  Thank goodness for screens and that we don’t live right at the beach.  I’ve already noticed a marked increase in gecko excrement on the porches meaning that the bugs have built up over the last few days.  So goes the circle of life.



Once the termites mate they will go on their merry way and make way for the next wave of buggy delights, which will be the beetles.  Wish I could say that they are as entertaining as the singing group but after you’ve been beaned in the head several times and they’ve dropped into your food, beverage etc. they stop being amusing.  Thankfully they only last a few weeks.  Next to arrive will be the flies, and the frogs will naturally follow all the bugs…and we will have to be diligent on frog watch so Dos Gatos do not try to ingest same.

With the arrival of the rain the temperature has dropped a bit.


It climbed past our normal 30° up to 34° during some of the hottest days before the rain came.  It’s almost chilly now and it’s a nice change.

One thing I can say for the bugs, they are fair game for Boomer who has taken to grabbing them from the air with his paw and stuffing the extra protein down his gullet.  And that does offer us some entertainment…in the campo.

Boomer catching bugs



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8 Responses to And Then Came the Winged Creatures

  1. schuttzie says:

    It is interesting the sequence of the arrival of the insects. Nature takes care of itself 😉

    • indacampo says:

      Yes it does. There will be some fat geckos and frogs running around soon. Perhaps we’ll see the return of our frog that like to hang out on the front porch. 🙂

  2. Bugs are protein, try deep frying some for snacks!

  3. pklainer says:

    I haven’t been in Panama during rainy season for a very long time, but I do remember the bugs! My house during the Peace Corps years was pretty open air, and I had no screens. We slept under full cot length nets hung from ceiling rafters, and needed the protection.

    • indacampo says:

      We have friends that go back and forth to the US but rent a pretty typical Panameño house year round here. When they first rented it the louvered windows were without screens. The first thing they did was to get some made in Las Tablas. They were so grateful to have them once the beetles starting throwing themselves at them. 🙂 Even most of the houses with concrete block windows around here have screens bolted to the inside.

      • pklainer says:

        for Karen: They still don’t in Rio Hato, although most have sheer curtains that blow back and forth and provide some barrier but not much.

  4. mcmoller says:

    Thanks for the update today about the termites. Just don’ remember them last year. The bullfrogs are already croaking nearby.

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