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Wasp-Mimic Katydid - Female

Scaphura nigra (Thunberg, 1824)


Scaphura nigra is a polimorphic and batesian mimic of wasps (Pepsis, Entypus and Polistes), existing three different colour patterns to the adults and each pattern of mimic has only one wasp genera like model. This female (adult) is mimicking a wasp of the Polistes genus.



I found this katydid near the jungle of Atlantic Forest, in Parque São Vicente, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, about 840m above sea level.


The town of the coordinates (lat: -22.538391, long: -43.228491) that I used for search, is not DUQUE DE CAXIAS, as reports the search map tool of this page, but PETRÓPOLIS, as shown here:

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Thank you, LaurenZarate and bayucca.

bayucca 5 years ago

Excellent spotting!!

LaurenZarate 5 years ago


Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Apr 4, 2012
Submitted on Mar 16, 2016

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