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Membracis mexicana




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11 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Stunning picture! Amazing colors!!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 7 years ago

yes, that's one of the problems with insects, sometimes differences betwen species are very subtle, other times the same specie can have many different colorations and shapes (polimorphism)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

very stylish !

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

I think they are 2 different species.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Good guess, Ashish. But if you look at the shield above the head you may notive that the black parts are separated in Mexicana in Cingulata not. And there are no white parts next to the body in Cingulata. In addition Cingulata seems to be a South American species. Membracis mexicana is safe in my eyes.
This one is from Colombia:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/roboelman/6...
Also from Colombia, but not Mexicana:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/roboelman/6...
http://robertoelman.photoshelter.com/ima...
And this one from Arthur from Ecuador with a wrong ID...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/43...
It is also Phyllotropis cingulata not Membracis mexicana.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 7 years ago

Wow! What a great spotting!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

His helmet remind me Alexander the great's headgear... fantastic spotting...

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 7 years ago

Thanks for the ID

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

This time it was an easy one ;-)...

Juan DiTrani
Spotted by
Juan DiTrani

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala

Lat: 14.62, Long: -90.54

Spotted on May 28, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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