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Leaf-footed Bug

Spartocerini - Spartocera pantomima (probably)

Notes:

A few of these colorful assassin bugs were on leaves and logs along a forest trail.

10 Comments

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Thanks bayucca, Spartocera pantomima looks like a good possibility.

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Possibly Spartocera pantomima:
http://coreoidea.speciesfile.org/Common/...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Neat Tom! The thorax has upturned phalanges!

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks Lauren. I added a somewhat lateral picture.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Amazing bayucca, all the research and links you did for this!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Would you happen to have a lateral picture?

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Gorgeous! It is shaped like a Triatomine!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Thanks for all the links bayucca. It looked like a wheel bug to me. Pura Vida

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thabnks bayucca. I should have known this was a Coreid, but the bright warning colors threw me off.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Coreidae, Coreinae, Spartocerini. At first sight indeed very similar to a Reduviidae (Triatominae), but note the different shape of the head. Reduviidae have much longer and more slim heads and "noses". Many wrong IDs on the net!
Here is a Reduviidae to compare:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8639190@N05...
Same as yours:
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/...
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/...
Wrong ID as well:
http://www.entomology.umn.edu/museum/lin...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/55608596@N0...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/55608596@N0...
Correct ID, but not yours, note the red knees:
http://www.bio-nica.info/Ento/Heterop/co...
Almost yours, again, red knees...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/71169
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28794527@N0...
Same as yours, unfortunately no closer ID, Spartocera sp.???
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
Not yours but similar:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
A very clear Coreidae!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
Reduviidae to compare:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...
http://www.koleopterologie.de/heteropter...

Tom15
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Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 3, 2013
Submitted on Dec 19, 2013

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