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A Fabulous Bug on a Screen Door
Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 11:49 AM
A Fabulous Bug on a Screen Door
This bug was sighted on a screen door at our home in San Martin Sur, Costa Rica–nearest larger town–Dominical, February, 2007. I love this bug and wonder if you can identify it for me.
Sincerely, Georgia Moen
San Martin Sur, Costa Rica

Flag Footed Bug

Flag Footed Bug

Hi Georgia,
While we are not certain of the species, we are thrilled to post your image of a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae from Costa Rica.  There is a species in Central America commonly called the Flag Footed Bug, Anisocelis flavolineata, that we identified in the past, but it is not the same as your specimen.  Interestingly, when we searched that scientific name, we found an image that matches your specimen, but it is on a photography site, not a science site.  We doubt it is the same species, but now we are a bit confused.  There is much questionable information posted online.

Update:  August 5, 2012
While trying to clean up old unidentified posts, we decided to see if we could find a matching photo for
Diactor bilineatus, and we were lucky with this TrekNature image where this information is provided:  “Diactor Bilineatus Percevejo d Maracujá:  Bug DIACTOR BILINEATUS the insect is the Diactor bilineatus, says the researcher of the Biological Institute of São Paulo, Sergio IDE It explains that it is about a species of chinch-bug popularly known as chinch-bug-do-maracujá. The adults reach up to 20 millimeters of length, are of green-dark coloration, with three orange lines that go of the head until escutelo. The posterior legs present an expansion in the tibia in leaf form of dark coloration and with orange points. The eggs are placed in the inferior face of leves, being that each position is composed in the maximum of ten eggs and the incubation period is of 15 days. The nymphs (young forms), say the researcher, suck the seiva of the aerial part of the plants during a period of 45 days and before if transforming into adults the nymphs they pass for urging. The longevity of the adult is of 30 days, of form that the complete cycle of the species they live approximately two months, depending on the climatic conditions. The nymphs of this species suck the seiva of the floral buttons and new fruits, and the adults also attack leves, branches and fruits of any age. The floral buttons and attacked new fruits generally fall and the greaters become wrinkled. The control can be made with the manual removal of eggs, nymphs and adults. Use of gloves sends regards to it to remove them.”

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