Within 24 hours here in the Peruvian Amazon, I came across two of the most spectacular insects I’ve ever seen.
Subject A: Diactor bilineatus, the Flag-Footed Bug. These guys have bizarre extensions to their hind tibiae which, when viewed from behind, look like two leaves with a hint of two beady eyes staring back at you. Thus, if a predator approaches from behind, it will likely get confused and allow this bug to go on and land on my drink menu, as it did last night when I discovered it.
Subject B: Urodid moth cocoon. This cocoon is unlike any other I’ve come across. I couldn’t find a lot of literature on these guys, but my best guess is the almost 1 foot long silk string it hangs from and the detailed lattice structure would do well to protect against ants while minimizing investment in an all-encompassing cocoon as many moths have. Any further insights on this would be much appreciated.