Costa Rican Hopper? Crazy looking ‘nose.’
January 22, 2010
Walking through the primary forest in NE Costa Rica near Rio La Suerte, I stumbled across this beauty on on the bole of a tree. Being in the tropics I unfortunately couldn’t identify the tree, but it had a very smooth bole and according to a local these bugs frequent this particular tree. I’m guessing it’s some sort of hopper/spittlebug or something of the sort, the nose is so unusual, I’ve never seen anything like it.
North Eastern Costa Rica
This is a Fulgorid Planthopper in the family Fulgoridae. In attempting to locate information on Costa Rican species, we stumbled upon a technical paper coauthored by Piotr Naskrecki who often assists us in the identification of Katydids. We will contact him to see if he recognizes your species.
Instant Gratification thanks to Piotr Naskrecki
I know this species very well. It is Phrictus quinquepartitus, a beautiful
species found in the lowland forests of Central America, often on Peruvian
almond (Terminalia oblonga).