zondag 4 november 2012

Nicole Eippers (7)

Wow, that's a clearly weird animal!
The Cladonota Benitezi is a member of the family of Membracidae, insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers.
Thank you very much, Nicole, for sending this weird animal which is new to me!

I found more pictures of these amazing creatures on this website, which says "Membracidae: Wonder of terrestrial biodiversity", but I'd rather say they seem to be extraterrestrial miracles!
This Benitez' treehopper is a cousin of the previously turned-into-Mail-Art Heteronotus delineatus.

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