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Vargas’ katydid (Podacanhtophorus vargasi) is a small, cryptic insect that spends its days hidden on the underside of leaves, perfectly blending into its environment. The white spot on its body breaks up its silhouette, making it even more difficult to recognize by predators. I was the discoverer of this species, and named it after a friend of mine who helped me in my work on Costa Rican insects. This individual was photographed in Tapanti National Park near San Jose, Costa Rica.