Respect the Assassins

Are you ready for weeks of Costa Rica photos? I hope you said yes, because it’s coming!

I had 9 days of shooting on the Osa Peninsula I will never forget, and I hope you enjoy the collection of amazing arthropods I have to share with you. Many of these creatures I may not be able to give species-specific information on, but as you know by now, I will do my best to give as much information as possible.

Let’s start things off with this beautifully colored Bark Mantis.

Bark mantises are active hunters. Not satisfied with waiting for prey to get close enough to snatch, the Bark Mantis will actually pursue their meals.

This girl was not looking for a meal, but was depositing her eggs in this unique-looking ootheca. I didn’t actually realize what this was at the time. It wasn’t until researching these mantises later that I discovered what she had under her.

Also, if you or anyone you know appreciates the important role of arthropods and would like to get involved on a deeper level and support my photography and conservation efforts, please visit
The pollinators and I thank you!
Nikon D3x, Nikkor 200mm macro, ISO100, 1/80, F7.1, two diffused SB200 flash heads, tripod

December 2016, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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