Coreid Flashback

July 14th, 2011 - 6:29 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

15mm body | July 9, 2011 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I’ve seen this coreid here before.

Heliconia Bug

June 2nd, 2011 - 5:59 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

20mm | January 20, 2011 | Armonia Nature Preserve, Limon Province, Costa Rica

This true bug in the family Coreidae is probably Leptoscelis tricolor. It’s #5 on this plate from the electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana. It also matches these photos from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Bocas del Toro Species Database (Bocas del Toro is only 30 miles or so from where I took this photo). Finally, the Costa Rica Biodiversity Portal only shows two species for this genus. These photos from STRI eliminate the other species, Leptoscelis quadrisignata.

This coreid is commonly known as the heliconia bug simply because it’s often found feeding on heliconias.

Flashy Coreid

December 28th, 2010 - 5:42 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 1 Comment

January 31, 2010 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Despite their common name of leaf-footed bugs, not all coreids have flattened hind tibiae.  This flashy specimen instead has rather impressive hind femurs.