Copiphora hastata: Conehead Katydid from Costa Rica

Subject: Spear bearer
Location: Costa Rica
May 19, 2013 2:36 pm
We saw different of these insects. Are these females of Cophiphora?
Signature: fred from belgium

Conehead Katydid

Hi Fred,
We will contact Piotr Naskrecki to get assistance with this female Katydid from Costa Rica.  The “cone” on the head does seem to be consistant with Cophiphora photos online, including these on National Geographic Stock and on FlickR.

Conehead Katydid
Conehead Katydid

Piotr Naskrecki discovers new species of Katydid in Costa Rica:  Copiphora hastata
Hi Daniel,
This is actually one of the species that I discovered and described, Copiphora hastata. These wonderful animals use their long ovipositor to lay eggs among dead leaf fronds at the base of palm trees.


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