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This strange insect is probably endemic to the Iberian Peninsula. It has an elongated face and vestigial wings, with very long legs being the previous ones longer than the remaining ones, forcing the insect to walk with the body In an almost vertical posture. The femurs and tibiae are also flattened. It measures between ca. one cm. in length. The wings reach about halfway up the abdomen. Its color is brown-grey quite variable according to the specimens, being frequent that the wings are darker than the body. It feeds on the sap of herbaceous plants, being a polyphagous species. It maintains a symbiotic relationship with the ants, who do not attack them and in fact defend them from predators, in exchange for sweetened exudates produced by their nymphs.
Spotted at a pine tree and evergreen oak forest. Dehesa de Valdelatas
Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/11; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_2745, 2762, 2772