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Wasp Mantidfly

Climaciella brunnea


An insect that strongly resembles the paper wasp Polistes instabilis. but it has front legs that resemble those of a praying mantis. It's in fact a Batesian mimic of those wasps and is protected by the fact that most animals won't touch the paper wasps it so closely resembles.


On the leaves of a tree.


A higher resolution image can be found on my Flickr page.

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1 Comment

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

wow, creepy awesome!

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Lat: 11.00, Long: -85.28

Spotted on Jul 11, 2013
Submitted on Sep 20, 2014

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