Katydid Costa Rica
Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:50 PM
Hi, again! I love this site! Here are two pictures of what looks to me like a katydid. It resembles the Panama Sylvan katydid – Acanthodis curvidens that is shown on this site, but the coloration is quite different. I assume mine is a female. It was sitting on the side of a concrete block used to surround some gardening stuff. It sat very still for the photos and is about 3-4 inches long. Perhaps the genius at Harvard who identified the other katydids can have a go at this one?
Mary Thorman (Pura Vida Photos)
south western Costa Rican highlands
We have contacted Piotr Naskrecki and we hope he will be able to provide you with a species identification of this awesome looking Katydid from Costa Rica.
This is Haemodiasma tessellata, a gorgeous moss mimic, often found in mid-
to high elevation forests. They sometimes fly to light at night, which may
explain finding it around the house. I would be curious to know where and
when the pictures were taken.
Update: December 26, 2008
Please tell Piotr that a found the moss mimic katydid two weeks ago. I live in a rural/wooded area of Costa Rica at about 1200 meters. It is on the Pacific slopes of the Talamanca Mountain range in southern Costa Rica. I have two hectares of secondary highland forest (with a corridor of primary forest near a stream on the property). I also raise organic fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants. I found the katydid just sitting on a concrete block near my house one morning as I was putting bananas and other fruits on a bamboo feeding platform near my bedroom window.
What does tesselata mean? I also raise a type of live bearing cockroach called Archimandrita tesselata. Wish I’d known bugs were so fascinating when I was young enough to study entomology more thoroughly than I did for basic biology classes. I wound up becoming a professional field gerontologist instead. But I was an insect collector for the Smithsonian when I lived in Florida where I also raised various insects just to watch them, do some non traumatic experiments, and learn about them. I even wrote some tongue-in-cheek articles about the joys of raising various insects for several newspapers.
Now that I’m retired I enjoy combining my interest in living things with my hobby of photography. There is always something new.
If you know of anyone who would like a place to stay near the Wilson Botanical Gardens and Organization for Tropical Studies research center near me while they do field studies, please tell them I have a very nice guest room available. It would be fun to have a guest who is interested in biology.
Mary (Chiki) Thorman
Linda Vista de San Vito