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Lichen-mimicking Katydid

cf. Lichenomorphus berezini

Description:

A pale green katydid with black markings that is very well camouflaged when it sits on a common lichen that has the same coloring.

Habitat:

In an orange plantation in Northern Costa Rica, around 250m altitude It seems to mimic the appearance of a common and fast growing type of Lichen.

Notes:

I identified this based on the description in this paper, http://www.zin.ru/journals/trudyzin/doc/....

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7 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations SG in CR ! A great specimen for this wonderful mission.

SG in CR
SG in CR a year ago

Daniele, thanks for choosing my spotting. I've got a fairly large backlog of images I need to go through and I'm sure I'll have quite a few to add to the Paso Pacifico Survey when I do.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congrats. Wonderful creature.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations SG in CR, we've chosen this brilliant spotting as our Spotting of the Day to highlight the Paso Pacifico Survey mission:

"This remarkable Lichen-mimicking Katydid (cf. Lichenomorphus berezini) is our Spotting of the Day! This spotting is part of the Paso Pacifico Survey mission on Project Noah, which we would like to revitalize with help from our Costa Rica-based ranger Larry Graziano. The Paso Pacifico Survey mission is dedicated to conservation efforts throughout Central America’s Pacific slope, which boasts some of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity. Across short distances, landscapes transition from coastal-marine areas to tropical dry forests, and from tropical moist forests to fresh-water lakes and wetlands. So far this mission comprises over 3’600 spottings. The mission covers Pacific coastal areas from Southern Nicaragua to Northern Costa Rica. If you live or have travelled there we’d love to see your spottings!
Find our more about Paso Pacifico here: https://buff.ly/2vYRIgL
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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Brilliant spotting ! Thank is for sharing. The camouflage is so good, it's a ownder you spotted it at all - well done !

SG in CR
SG in CR a year ago

flowntheloop, it really is. Sadly the 3rd image got shrunk down so far you can't see much. If your interested,you can see a larger version here,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66454855@N...

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Wow! That is some wonderful camouflage!

Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.99, Long: -85.35

Spotted on Jul 22, 2017
Submitted on Jul 27, 2017

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