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This past week I traveled to Costa Rica for a bioblitz on some property my college owns.This was one of about four adults seen. Pretty sure I saw some nymphs running around though. We did some traveling and there were a ton more roaches, but I didn't have my camera for a lot of it. I'll post a few of those I did manage to get photos of soon!

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I was pretty excited to see them in the wild! Unfortunately most of the other shots I have are of nymphs. I really dropped the ball in one area we were staying. At least three sizable species all over, but no camera. There were also a ton of very small adults in the leaf litter. They were smaller than 1st instar dubia nymphs. I'll see what I have an upload them.... prepare for disappointment.

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So I thought I had at least a few more, but it looks like only two nymphs. I have a ton of pictures of other inverts though. I may be applying for an undergrad research grant and returning during the wet season. If that's the case I'll be 100% sure to take a ton more roach photos.

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Apparently Archimandrita tesselata are very widespread down there. The first three were found in a very dry forest, where the college property is located, and a fourth was in an area not too far from a cloud forest (very damp). Both had a ton of different roach species, but again I was a bum with my camera. The most sightings happened on a night I left my camera on the bus and the driver had gone to bed already. Super bummed about that.

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Hey ambystoma, nice findings of yours! Were is the property located in Costa Rica? I have an A. tessellata w/c colony, but yours seems somehow different (population polymorphism?)... I'm from CR, so feel free to contact me when you come back and we could go fielding (biology student).

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