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Lichen Mimic Katydid

Phaneropterinae; Machima sp.


Green, black spots, alien looking, 2/3 inches long, flies like a moth, it was always looking at me with those big eyes.


1,244 M. above sea level. Lat. 10.03. Long. -84.29


Never seen one like this one so colorful, alien, so smart.

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Lichen mimic katydid
Family: Phaneropterinae; Machima sp. Undescribed Species: Lichen Mimic Katydid from Peru | What's That Bug?

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MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Very nice spotting. You could add it to the Mimetic Animals of the World mission:

Thank you for the comments, it is a pleasure to take the pictures and shared them.

Nishant 9 years ago

Wonderful series!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great series... Nice job Gilma... its wonderful lesson through your efforts of presenting this beauty.

harsuame 9 years ago

Wow grandioso

Thank you Argy Bee for the ID.
Thank you SatyenM I try to cover all angles of the animal/bug/butterfly whenever possible.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Awesome series!

Thank you Mark Ridgway, I will try to place an ID to it but my "forte" is more like observing and reporting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

..very good photos too..!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Definitely not a moth. On the link you have expert information from Piotr Naskrecki. It is a katydid in the 'tribe Dysonini (Phaneropterinae) and possibly Machima sp.' This a a very special spotting as these things are not well known.

Tank you mark Ridgway, it looks exactly like it but is it a Moth or a katydid??

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Hi Gylma Barnes-Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman... I think it's a moss-mimic katydid like this one...

Thank you AntonioGinjaginja. Does anyone knows what it is?

beautiful cache Gylma Barnes-Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman,congrats

Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Sep 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 15, 2012

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