These treehoppers exhibit a wide range of social behaviors, making them
an excellent group for studying patterns of social evolution in insects.
Photo 1 - Adult, Photo 2 - Two females laying eggs, Photo 3 - eggs, Photo 4 - Nymph, Photo 5 - Adult and nymph, Photo 6 - Group of Nymphsp
This species of Treehopper does a wonderful waltz before mating. They walk around each other creating beautiful geometric designs and shadows. The male climbs up over the female and traverses both sides of her entire armature (second and third pictures). Surprisingly, that doesn't tip her over. The last picture shows how one of these looked on a bush when I found it. It was sitting head down near a node and right next to a piece of dried brown vegetation, increasing the effect of his own camouflage. Family Membracidae, this one is often called the Horse-shoe Shaped Treehopper.
This species is distributed from Mexico to northern Argentina and practically throughout Brazil and it is a very common species in several preserved areas of the Atlantic Forest, the most frequently found species in the state of Espírito Santo, especially in urban centers.
Artibeus liituratus weighs between 44 and 87g and with a wingspan 32-33 cm, is considered one of the greatest Brazilian bats. It feeds on insects, leaves and fruits mainly.
This really cute little Treehopper is only 5 mm long and looks like the silhouette of a cat with it's tail raised. The pictures of Cladonota gonzaloi from Ecuador (see reference) are more brown overall, this one has white around the head and undersides as well as a green tinge in the helmet structure. It is very active and flies almost immediately.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.