Crypsis Challenge #12 Reveal: Frog

July 8th, 2011 - 8:10 PM | Filed under Crypsis Challenges | No comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Three commenters successfully identified the frog from the last crypsis challenge.

Here’s a closer look.

Frog closeup

That wraps up all my posts from my January trip to Costa Rica.

Crypsis Challenge #12

July 6th, 2011 - 9:53 AM | Filed under Crypsis Challenges | 7 Comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

As I was shooting the last crypsis challenge, the critter hidden here caught my attention. If it hadn’t moved, I probably would never have noticed it. Can you find it?

Crypsis Challenge #11 Reveal: Moth

July 6th, 2011 - 9:50 AM | Filed under Crypsis Challenges | 2 Comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Did you find the moth in the image above? If not, don’t feel bad. I might not have seen it either, except I originally spotted the moth in a more conspicuous location. After a few shots (below), I deliberately spooked it in hopes that it would land in a location suitable for a crypsis challenge. Here’s an outline if you still need a little help finding it.

Moth revealed

Here’s where I originally spotted it. Not blending in so well, is it?

Camouflage fail

This moth’s shape suggests it might be in the family Tortricidae. It’s small, only about 15mm measured lengthwise in the photo below.

Attractively marked, up close

It really is quite attractive up close, with orange bordered wings. The labial palps have orange scales at their base as well.

Frontal view, showing labial palps

Pretty Little Moth

July 5th, 2011 - 7:17 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

15mm | January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

This pretty little moth was sitting on a leaf, imitating a bird dropping perhaps. A tortricid?

Dorsal view

 

Katydid

July 4th, 2011 - 1:15 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

If not for the long antennae, this large katydid could easily be mistaken for a grasshopper.

Owlfly

July 4th, 2011 - 12:51 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

I rarely find owlflies (family Ascalaphidae, order Neuroptera). Even though this one was in an unphotogenic location, I couldn’t resist a few photos.

Dorsal view

This was a large one. The body was around 4cm long.

Harvestman

July 4th, 2011 - 12:07 PM | Filed under Featured Photos, Uncategorized | No comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Could this be the harvestman equivalent of an ostrich burying its head in the sand? Or maybe it was just trying to get at something to eat.

Hiding? Eating?

After a few shots as I found it, I prodded it into a better position.

Prodded into a better position

It has some interesting “combs” on a few of its rearmost legs.

Comb-like structures on rearmost legs

Dorsolateral view

It’s actually quite small, the body measuring only about 5mm front to back. The longest leg, however, was about 3cm long. I’m not sure what purpose those horns might serve.

Small body, 5mm long

4mm wide

"Comb" on the right

I have to admit I’m drawn to these strange creatures. I think in part it’s simply because they are so alien looking.

Anole

July 4th, 2011 - 10:04 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

 

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

 

Anoles were abundant everywhere I went in Costa Rica. They are difficult to identify though, and I gave up trying to figure out which species this might be.

 

Anole

 

 

Two Flies Sharing a Meal

July 4th, 2011 - 9:43 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | 2 Comments

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

These two flies are sharing a meal.

I can easily identify the larger one as a micropezid.

Micropezid

I’m not sure about the smaller one though.

Smaller fly

Leafhoppers, displaying

July 4th, 2011 - 7:53 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

4mm | January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Some leafhoppers (family Cicadellidae) spread their wings in the manner shown above, perhaps as part of some mating ritual.

Reference:

500 Insects:
A Visual Reference

by Stephen A. Marshall