We always love learning about animals that seem too awesome to be real. Nature never ceases to amazes us. Today’s case in point is a stunning grasshopper in the Eumastacidae family, commonly known as monkey hoppers or matchstick grasshoppers. They’re found all over the world, though most species are tropical, and they feed on algae, ferns and gymnosperms.

The two stunning specimens seen here were photographed in Ecuador by German photographer Andreas Kay. Be sure to visit his fascinating photostream for more beautiful photos of Ecuadorian flora and fauna, including lots of other amazing grasshoppers.

Head over to Wired to learn more about the gorgeous monkey hopper.