November 29, 2012

Insects and Bugs of Cuenca Ecuador

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! To see what the weather/climate is like year round in Cuenca click here.  

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. Stay Tuned for blog post about some of the animals we have seen in Cuenca.

Bugs we rarely or never see in Cuenca:

1.     Cock roaches – never
2.     Mosquitoes – rarely
3.     Ants – never
4.     Wasps or Hornets – never
5.     Crickets/Grasshoppers – never hear nor see (common at the coast, though)
6.     Butterflies – never
7.     Flies – rarely in winter

Bugs and Insects that we see sometimes or often

1.     Tarantulas – sometimes / often, depending on time of year
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

This bug that looks both like a scorpion and a grasshopper mix. We do not know what it is. It could even be an earwig.
7.     Beetles – often
8.     Flies and fruit flies – sometimes, but more often in the summer months

We just found another tarantula outside on the back terrazzo. He is not one of the bigger  ones we have seen however.


Anyway, we caught the little critter in a jar and let him loose by some rocks by the river bed. Compared to South Carolina, Cuenca does not have very many bugs or insects.


  1. Are these bugs poisonous at all?

    1. I don't think so... the "brown recluse" spider is here and it is poisonous.

  2. That insect is a pseudophasma... ;)

    1. Thank you! Finally someone recognizes the name of this bug! Now our next question is, "do they bite or sting"?

  3. I love Cuenca and the relative lack of pesky insects, but I must say, if your neighbors have dogs that they aren't consistent about cleaning up after; or if you live close to the river you will have flies. We get a lot depending on the time of year. We also see small butterflies quite frequently. We unfortunately also have an ongoing ant problem and the only thing sold here to combat them are noxious sprays. I'm wishing I could buy some Tarro! As for wasps, there are not many, but again, if you live near one of the four rivers you will see "Caballos de Diablo" or tarantula wasps. If you get tarantulas at your place I am surprised you haven't seen them since that is their main prey. They have large black bodies with bright orange wings. Their sting is incredibly painful, but if you don't bother them they won't bother you. Thank God! I've seen a few small grasshoppers, but again, in large grassy areas close to rivers. Found your blog trying to discover the name for those black insects, so thank you!

    1. You're welcome. Yes, not too many bugs here. Thanks for commenting.

    2. FYI: "Borax is the most common ingredient in house ant control products, and get this: it's absolutely 100% natural. The best way (in my opinion) to use Borax is to mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Then soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls and place those cotton balls near any trails the ants have established in your home."

  4. the second one is an UTUTO it lives iside the earth and go out only on winter season but you can see in a warm season too. you cant find them in the historical center because they " cant go there" because a traditional history said "one upon the time a thieves stole a San Roque ostensory so the San Roques priest cursed them and all them family to be a ugly demons and never go to the historical center" so for this reason only you can see them near and across the Tomebambas river" and this is a true I have seen them across the river but i have never seen near to the historic center and if you see one the only way to kill tem is burn them because they are like made a plastic. and when you do it you can hear a shouting. they cant fly but if you are near, the male can throw you a fluid so be careful.

  5. why on earth are butterflies on this list. You make it seem like they're a nuisance. Not only are they beautiful, They help flowers pollinate, eat plenty of weedy plants and provide a food source for other animals. In addition, their presence or absence can tell us a lot about the local environment. I have been checking out Ecuador, because I'm seriously thinking of moving over there. And I don't like bugs much, and most of the bugs on that list (spiders are an arachnid not a bug) deserve to be on that list, but butterflies!

    1. Hi Lucy, we're not saying that butterflies are not pretty or nice; Yes, we like butterflies too but we rarely, if ever see them. Thank you for commenting.

  6. spiders are aracnides not insect or bugs because they have 8 legs instead of 6 so ya ad i live in chambly and i study bugs for fun and might make it a living so instead f writing beetles write ther name


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