Update 2016 - Does Cuenca Ecuador have different kinds of bugs and spiders than say, the US? Yes and no…they have the same kinds of little crawlies and some unusual other little squirmy things that you’ll see in the photo below that still has not been identified. It looks like a scorpion and grasshopper mix.
Cuenca never really gets too hot, therefore you will seldom see a mosquito. Come to think of it, we rarely see mosquitoes when we visit Salinas!
This article will give you an idea about the more common insects and bugs in Cuenca, at least the ones we have seen and have not seen.
Bugs we rarely or never see in Cuenca:
1. Cock roaches – never
2. Mosquitoes – rarely
3. Ants – never
UPDATE 2016 – We have seen ants lately but only outside.
4.Wasps or Hornets – never
Update 2016 – very unusual to not see wasps or hornets. Also, we haven’t seen any bumble bees or honey bees either lately.
5. Crickets/Grasshoppers – never hear nor see (common at the coast, though)
6. Butterflies – never
Update 2016 – still have not seen a butterfly but Cuenca does have big moths.
7. Flies – rarely in winter
Update 2016 – Unfortunately, having a dog has definitely given us more of those pesky flies. We put screens on all the windows because the house didn’t come with any screens.
Bugs and Insects that we see sometimes or often
1.Tarantulas – sometimes / often, depending on time of year.
Update 2016 - Cuenca has different kinds of spiders and they start to come into the house in the winter. We occasionally get a tarantula inside the house; they like to crawl under the door cracks when it gets cold outside.
2. Earwigs – often
3. Spiders – often, and especially in spring
4. Italian honey bees – often
5. Moths – often
6. Scorpgrass – (not real name, see photo below) - sometimes
Update 2016 – here’s that strange looking bug; they come inside the house too. They’re ugly. It could even be an earwig
7. Beetles – often
Update 2016 – BIG beetles too.
8. Flies and fruit flies – sometimes, but more often in the summer months
BTW, when a tarantula comes into the house, we put it in a jar and let it loose by some rocks by the river bed.
Until we write again, you might also like to read about some of the ferocious and wild animals in Cuenca Ecuador below.
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