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Mantis Shorefly

Ochthera

Description:

Very small fly (4-5 mm) which raptorial front legs similar to the Mantis.

Habitat:

Near small bodies of water. This one low mountain moist forest of the Monte Alto Reserve in Nicoya Penninsula.

Notes:

When I found this little guy on a leaf I though, by the way it was waving it's forelegs, that this was a type of mantis mimicking a fly. It didn't last long before it flew away, never to be seen again. I was lucky to take these two pictures, and not until I came back to search for it online, did I realize it was a peculiar fly afterall. Please check the info on Wiki.

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GavinMcRee
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GavinMcRee

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 25, 2015
Submitted on Mar 25, 2015

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