Subject: Singapore insect
June 4, 2014 9:24 am
Was wondering if your expertise could point me in the right direction to ID this guy. I wasn’t sure what to put in the subject. I found it on the bark of a tree in rainforest habitat. It’s quite small about 15mm in length.
This really is a disorienting image. We are nearly certain this is a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, but it has some very distinctive features, including huge eyes that are almost fly-like and antennae that almost seem to come from the bottom of the head. We are going to need some assistance with this identification. It seems to resemble a Backswimmer like this image on BugGuide, but it does not look aquatic.
Wow! Definitely a plant bug in the family Miridae. There are some really strange ones. The family is so large and diverse that I cannot begin to even assign a subfamily to this one.
It is almost like it can turn its head 180º.
Update: Jumping Tree Bug
Based on comments received yesterday, the consensus is that this is a Jumping Tree Bug in the Plant Bug subfamily Isometopinae, and this image from BugGuide supports that consensus.