Two Amazon Stunners

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.

Leaf footed bug

One of the most spectacular bugs out there.


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.


Urodidae woven cocoon moth

Basket full o' pupa.


4 Comments to "Two Amazon Stunners"

  1. January 11, 2013 - 11:21 pm | Permalink
  2. ferrere's Gravatar ferrere
    March 23, 2013 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    hi,i founded one similar in west papua,,if you want to compare?

  3. Charlena's Gravatar Charlena
    March 25, 2013 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I would just like to say that your pictures are just awesome and I think what you are doing to raise people’s level of awareness of the Amazon and it’s inhabitants is amazing.

    Thank you and I hope you keep up this inspiring work!

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