Once Urbanus belli, now three new species
Tropical submontane evergreen forest
Evergreen seasonal lowland forest
subtropical Rain – Cloud forest
Lowland deciduous forest
Semi deciduous –deciduous forest
Lowland semi deciduous forest
Marshes and reed beds of typha
Open savanna grasses
Shrub vegetation with isolated clumps
Alluvial tropical rainforest vegetation
16,000+ records of parasitic
flies (Tachinidae), 5% of all.
420 morphospecies of flies.
96% very specialized, but
16 generalists with names.
Monty Wood, taxonomist.
But, are they
640 new species of Costa Rican campoplegine parasitic wasps, all INBio and donors
186 new species of ACG braconid microgastrine parasitic wasps, all current ACG staff
800 new species of ACG tachinid parasitic flies, all current and past ACG staff & donors
ACG June 2013
What we thought we know, we don’t know. Use the new orca pictures. If time,
A second one of giraffes or elephants.
Everyone of us thinks we know the name;
none of 7 billion people do.
From 30,000 feet, a trap sample:
27 Auto cari & 1 Auto minivani
Ian Gauld (1947-2009) = superb ichneumonid taxonomist
Of 9,000+ species
3 cases with nearly
What we lack is
a program called “Know thy park”
conducted by the conserved wildland
in collaboration with the national and
We have extraordinarily poor knowledge
and understanding of
what it is we are conserving,
what it does,
where it lives, and
how to find it when we want it -in the big disorderly green garden.
And we ask starving and stressed society
to pay the bill to conserve the garden?