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Haemodiasma tessellata, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you&#039;ll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I&#039;m quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
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The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69643/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_side_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html" title="Haemodiasma tessellata - side view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/69643_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1553126410&Signature=ywWxdl34PpVC%2BOPwWFhJyk502LE%3D" width="200" height="142" alt="Haemodiasma tessellata - side view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you&#039;ll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I&#039;m quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69644/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_top_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69645/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_head_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69644/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_top_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html" title="Haemodiasma tessellata - top view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/69644_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1553126410&Signature=JS45m8R%2BCGg%2FNZJgYb5X8wQsvnc%3D" width="112" height="152" alt="Haemodiasma tessellata - top view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you&#039;ll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I&#039;m quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69643/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_side_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69645/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_head_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69645/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_head_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html" title="Haemodiasma tessellata - head, La Isla Escondida, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/69645_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1553126410&Signature=fMh5JSfZZptIzTfIqRgTEzVT1UE%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="Haemodiasma tessellata - head, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you&#039;ll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I&#039;m quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69643/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_side_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69644/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_top_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World" /></a></figure><br />
<br />
References:<br />
<a href="https://eol.org/pages/87576" rel="nofollow">https://eol.org/pages/87576</a><br />
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/</a><br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR</a> Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Haemodiasma tessellata, La Isla Escondida, Colombia

An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you'll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I'm quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m.

The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.

Haemodiasma tessellata - side view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you'll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I'm quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69644/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_top_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69645/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_head_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World

Haemodiasma tessellata - top view, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you'll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I'm quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69643/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_side_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69645/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_head_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World

Haemodiasma tessellata - head, La Isla Escondida, Colombia An incredible moss-mimicking katydid with highly complex patterns as you'll see in the closeups. It is both mossy and spiny. Very lengthy antennae and fully developed wings. I'm quite sure of the Haemodiasma genus, as the anatomy of this katydid matches exactly, and the two species are reported to occur in higher elevation forests, this one is at 850m. <br />
<br />
The genus has only two known species, where there seems to be only photos of Haemodiasma tessellata online. It looks like a match to me, but it could be the other species, or even an undescribed species, although unlikely.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69642/haemodiasma_tessellata_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69643/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_side_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69644/haemodiasma_tessellata_-_top_view_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
<br />
References:<br />
https://eol.org/pages/87576<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/<br />
<br />
And check this other spectacular example:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Haemodiasma tessellata,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World


References:
https://eol.org/pages/87576
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowrevery/3141292541/

And check this other spectacular example:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR

    comments (11)

  1. Love that camouflage! Posted 2 months ago
    1. I got an even more impressive mossy stick insect later in the set :)

      In the meanwhile, how about this variation:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/39050077384/in/photolist-BJ5zij-dZzj3r-BjeZnb-228DTPi-22uHRwh-23z5Myk-bPjqcR

      I frankly don't understand this other example. Do you think it can actually take on the color of its background?
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. I would guess that is variation within the species, with local populations adapting to the prevalent vegetation. Like the famous Industrial Age British moths: http://theconversation.com/natural-selection-in-black-and-white-how-industrial-pollution-changed-moths-43061 Posted 2 months ago
        1. That looks like a similar conclusion to the link that Christine posted below: decided mostly during development, yet variable per individual. Cool! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Another amazing orthopteran! Posted 2 months ago
    1. And, the example from flickr is insane! Posted 2 months ago
      1. It amazes me. It's listed as the same species, yet with totally different colors. Is it able to take on the color of its background? Would be new to me if grasshoppers can do that. Posted 2 months ago
        1. I have not heard of them being able to do this, so I'm not sure... Posted 2 months ago
          1. Hmm. Apparently, it is possible: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4546165/ Posted 2 months ago
            1. Today I Learned! Posted 2 months ago
              1. Me too! Yay! Posted 2 months ago

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Haemodiasma tessellata is a large moss mimicking katydid in the Haemodiasma genus.

Similar species: Grasshoppers And Crickets
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Uploaded Nov 23, 2018. Captured Oct 17, 2018 09:12.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO2500
  • 105mm