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Leaf-footed bug

Coreidae-Anisoscelis affinis

Description:

These leaf-footed bugs were excellently mimetized in the red passiflora flowers and I saw them just by chance while looking for butteflies at the butterflye garden in Monteverde. Later instar nymph.

Habitat:

Monteverde, Costa Rica.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago
Leaf-footed Bug Nymph
Aniscoscelis affinis Anisoscelis affinis Westwood - Anisoscelis affinis - BugGuide.Net


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9 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Marta, I know you are doing this very carefully. But there are others who just believe me ;-)...

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

bayucca and tmvdh: many thanks for taking care of verifying the ID for these very interesting insects!
Do not worry bayucca: when you suggest me an ID I try to check online and see if I agree with you, so for sure I do not take it without thinking. Sometimes is difficult to say whether is right or wrong, as in this current example. I think if at least we get close to the family or genus this can also be OK. We do not always need to be so precise :-)

tmvdh
tmvdh 6 years ago

bayucca, as long as there's no better match: I agree...

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Thorsten, hast du mein hmmm... gesehen? Usually I only make suggestion when I am pretty sure, but I also know, that there a quite a few wrong ones and I am always happy to get discussions about one of my IDs. In the meanwhile I have the impression, people just take my suggestions without even verifying it. And it is never too late to learn and I still have to learn a lot. Yes, it is definitely not Podalicus. Affinis just seemed to be the best match for that one, in my eyes.

tmvdh
tmvdh 6 years ago

Well, I'm just not as sure as you are, bayucca. It is definitely not podalicus...

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Yes, I am pretty sure, hmmm... I know there are other ones, but to my knowledge is Affinis the only one with this quite distinct pattern. And I am sure it is still a nymph, that makes it a little bit easier, I think it will loose most of its markings as an adult. Are you sceptic about Affinis? Any other candidate?

tmvdh
tmvdh 6 years ago

Hi bayucca, are you sure about affinis? There are other and closely related species of the same genus living in Costa Rica...

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Thanks, bayucca! :-)

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 8, 2014
Submitted on May 3, 2014

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