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This is the second of 3 unusual flag-footed bugs I found in the Cahuita National Park, just before sunset. I returned the next morning, but they were nowhere to be seen, though there were several the evening before. I wonder if the first one I posted might be the adult of this one... And the following one might be a younger version with flags on all 6 legs. This one has faint flags on the middle pair of legs, and they both have a white line on the antennae.


Beach-fronted National Park and Marine reserve. Tropical and very humid. This site has 1067.9 hectares in land area, 600 ha in coral reef and 22,400 hectares of marine area, home to one of the best-developed coral reefs in the Caribbean and more importantly coast of Costa Rica. It also protects a sample of swampy forest with pure stands of raffia (Arecaceae) and Sangrillo (Fabaceae), as well as a great diversity of epiphytes and very humid forest remnants, typical of this area of ​​life and white sandy beaches of great scenic beauty.

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pamsai 6 years ago

Yes Leuba, quite a treat, and Torsten has done a really good job researching it. Seems it is a new species and maybe even a new genus.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Missed this one Pam - very special. Well done , you must be so pleased !

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks tmvdh for all your research into this bug and for discovering that it's a new and undescribed species. Very happy to contribute...

tmvdh 7 years ago

Definitely a new and undescribed species!
I wrote a scientific paper about it which has been published recently.
Thanks again, Pam!

pamsai 7 years ago

except that it doesn't have the same shaped head and that long curved proboscis, Dean...

Dean Engelbrecht
Dean Engelbrecht 7 years ago

Looks very similar to an Assassin Bug

tmvdh 7 years ago

Very likely the same species...

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks tmvdh... what about picture 3 ?

tmvdh 7 years ago

Definitely a nymph of the same species as the adult shown in the other photo.

pamsai 7 years ago

That's what I originally thought, but I asked a fellow in the park and he said he thought they were different. I do think they are various instars.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

LIke this one, I didn't. But I think that they CAN be different stages of the same bug. They can change a lot from an instar to the other.

pamsai 7 years ago

Seen anything like this before, Sergio? Any thoughts on whether they might be related?

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Provincia Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jun 1, 2015
Submitted on Jun 4, 2015

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