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Acacia horned treehoppers

Sextius virescens


Thorns with horns.
When many of these horny hoppers come together they tend to line up along the stem to imitate a row of thorns. When really close they latch onto the next member's wingtips with their 'mouth' (pic3) making the whole line even more sturdy. The face seems specially shaped for the job (pic1). When lined up they seem very confident of their ploy and refuse to flee even when touched. The green and red colors are a perfect match with the younger stems of these trees.
About 10mm long.


On several young acacia saplings at Mt Morton nature reserve.


subfamily: Centrotinae
tribe: Terentiini

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

stunning series!

I love these little beasties :) Nice series, Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thank you Frederic :)

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

That s a great serie!

mendes.madalena 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Rob. Pity they're not around at Christmas with all that red and green.

RobThacker 9 years ago

Great series Mark! cool treehoppers also.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks Dixie. :)

Dixie 9 years ago

Love the pics, description, everthing. These are new to me; never seen them before.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

They really are very cute!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thank you peoples. They really are kind of cute. Funny it took me 3 years to find the first one and suddenly they are everywhere. Another bio lesson.

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago

Devious little critters! :)

Awesome Mark great series,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Love at first sight :-)

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 5, 2015
Submitted on Apr 6, 2015

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