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Tree-living bark mantis

Liturgusa atricoxata

Description:

Small for a mantis. Green brown markings on body for camouflage. Black to dull orange hind wings. Forewings are usually a mossy green to lichen brown. Males have longer legs and wings as opposed to females having stout legs and their abdomen can be longer than the wings. This genus are very good runners and will dash up the tree they are resting on if disturbed. Black to dull orange hind wings. As nymphs they can be a very bright mossy green.

Habitat:

Neotropical Cloud forests and Rain forests

Notes:

When I was on vacation in Costa Rica my family was swimming in the Selva Verde Lodge's pool. While for me, I was searching for insects of course and I just so happened to see this little guy crouch down on the tree he was resting on as I was walking by. So, I coxed him onto my hand and he ran up to my shoulder and flew onto my mom when she was in the pool. At that moment I knew I had to take some pictures of him while he stayed still. After the little photo-shoot, i placed him back on the tree i had found him on and he happily ran up the green mossy trunk.

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2 Comments

bfridie5
bfridie5 5 years ago

Hey matt I am not 100% sure if it atricoxata but it is definetly liturgusa

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

Please consider adding this to the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1573...

Sphingid_Matt
Spotted by
Sphingid_Matt

Heredia, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.45, Long: -84.07

Spotted on Jul 29, 2013
Submitted on Jun 4, 2014

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