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Wasp Mimic

Trichura cerberus


This insect blew my mind! Not only for its brilliant green iridescent markings on its body and amazing clear wings but also for a strange, nearly 1.5" long tail! See the last photo.


edge of tropical rainforest


I spotted this on the same Ageratum bushes as my last two spottings. I couldn't believe I saw all these three amazing insects at the same place! The Amazon around Mocoa was fantastic and very accessible. Instead of staying in a lodge in the middle of the forest like I did near Leticia, this time I was staying in a hostel on the outskirts of a small town, surrounded by forest. I ended up staying a week in the area, checking out any trails I could do on own.

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wasp mimic
Trichura cerberus

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Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

beautiful spotting

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Mona and Landmark.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Great series !!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

fabulous series!

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Tic.

TicThapanya 8 years ago

great shot, very beautiful lepidopteran

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Noel.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Incredible spot!

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thank you Jared, Micoloa, Gerardo, Yasser and Adarsha. Definitely one of my favorite spots from Colombia.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

What a find...ossum :)

Yasser 8 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow what a fantastic organism great find and series :)

Micolo 8 years ago

fantastic set

JC_Forester 8 years ago

Wow. That is a long tail!

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Karen, I thought it was slightly different than yours and looks like your suggestion. I think bayucca would agree. I think they are on the same flower. They must really love those. Thanks Braulio and rubens, you're probably right

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

This one is like mine, but with slightly different coloring. Am I mistaken that they are on the same flower? Bayucca posted several links on mine

rubens.luciano 8 years ago

Nice picture.
This tail is probably a kind of pheromones spreader.

Wow! A green one!

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Putumayo, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on May 28, 2013

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