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Esperança do Líquen (Lichen Katydid)

Machima sp.


This is a female Lichen Katydid, with almost 80mm long - males are smaller - and since 2001, when I started to observe and to photograph insects, it was the only female of this species which I have found.

With the help of experts in suborder Ensifera, I had got indication that it would be of the Machimoides genus and later, of the Machima genus, but also in the opinion of many authorities on the subject, seems to be consensus that these two genus could be only one and so, they need be revised.

But there are little information about this specie, and searching the internet, the best I found, I'm sharing in the sources of reference included here.

1 - Machima hygracantha; holotype of species Apolinaria hygracantha (Karsch, 1896):

2 - Article by HOLGER BRAUN - The Little Lichen Dragon - ZOOTAXA (with photos):

3 - INSECTOLOGIA - Esperança do Líquen em Santa Catarina (Portuguese - with photos)


I found this Katydid in the morning of May 7, 2008, at 9:55 (-3 GMT), in the Atlantic Forest, a few minutes after it has copulated, what can be concluded by the presence of the male spermatophore in its genitals.


The town of the coordinates that I gave for search, is not DUQUE DE CAXIAS, as reports the search map in this page, but PETRÓPOLIS.

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26 Comments (1–25)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Amazing! Congratulations.

BonnieLewis 6 years ago

Gorgeous shot!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 years ago

Fantastic picture and congrats

triggsturner 6 years ago

Congratulations Antonio. Certainly one of the most interesting bugs of the year.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congrats. Amazing.

pamsai 6 years ago

Congratulations Antonio. What an amazing, intricately designed bug !

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Congratulations on third place Antonio!!! Fantastic shots of an interesting looking critter :)

Gorgeous creature!

Thank you, DanielePralong!!!
I am very proud to see this photo among the winners!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Antonio, this remarkable Katydid came 3rd in our 2016 Best Photo contest in the Arthropods category!


Make sure to join our 2017 Best Photo mission!

Thank you, LeanneGardner and Daniel-CR.

Daniel-CR 7 years ago

Lovely bug / info , congratz and Thanx !

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Wow! Amazing looking katydid. Congratulations Antonio.

Thank you, LaurenZarate and venusflytrap2000.

CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Gorgeous! Congratulations!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Amazing and beautiful!

Thank you, AntónioGinjaGinja, Mark Ridgway and armadeus.4.
I will add, António!

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Congratulations Antonio!!! Well deserved SOTD!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Amazing animal Antonio.

Just astonishing António,you should add your spottings to the new mission for the best wild photo's for 2016,congrats on the super well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing your amazing spottings

Thank you, beaker98 (2x), LisaPowers, KathleenMcEachern and SukanyaDatta!

beaker98 7 years ago

Congratulations Antonio! I think this is one of my favorite insect photos on PN. Well done!

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

It is almost as if Salvador Dali designed it.
Nature is so wonderful!Thank you for sharing and Congratulations on the SOTD.

Congratulations! love it.

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Congratulations AntonioCarlosDeBarrosCarvalho! This fabulous spotting has been selected as our Spot of the Day! Thank you for sharing!

Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on May 7, 2008
Submitted on Jan 31, 2016

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