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Tri-horned Treehopper

Acanthucus trispinifer

Description:

This small treehopper was about 6 mm long with brown tented wings.The adults have three prominent spines on the pronotum; the lateral spines are horn-like and short while the middle one is curved extending along the length of the body partailly covering the wings.
There are two pairs of pale patches one on either side behind the head and the other larger pair just above the legs.
Eyes are prominent and bulge out on either side of the head.

Habitat:

Spotted on a silver wattle tree ( Acacia dealbata)

Notes:

These treehoppers live o gtree sap which they suck up using their rostrum. The excess sugary sap is excreted as honeydew
Please see reference for more information on these interesting little hoppers. Always a pleasure to see !
https://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch....
Family Membracidae

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3 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 months ago

Yes, I do love them-they are unique. This little hopper is all I saw after walking around for two hours. You would have seen a million creatures in that time Sergio.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 months ago

Yes, I do love them-they are unique. This little hopper is all I saw after walking around for two hours. You would have seen a million creatures in that time Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 months ago

A pleasure, indeed. How can one not love these little devils? Nice find, Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Narre Warren East, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 6, 2020
Submitted on Nov 8, 2020

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