In Monteverde I visited an orchid farm to see some local varieties, one of the orchids was a native to Costa rica and the smallest orchid in the world. NZ has the second smallest orchid (I managed to see it once). As some of you will know, I have been a card holding member of the NZ Native Orchid Society, so I was happy to see some more!
I also got some photos of tropical butterflies. My favourites are the large metallic blue butterflies that glide through the rainforest. They aren't too hard to see in the forest, but they are not the easiest to photograph! They open and close their wings pretty rapidly, so I had to take a lot of photos before I was able to see the blue wings, but I got there in the end!