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Soldadinho (Portuguese helmet treehopper)

Membracis tectigera Olivier, 1792


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


These critters are only part of a large group that I found, on the edge of the lake of Palácio Quitandinha, where they live in its host plant, the Monstera deliciosa, which is called in Brazil "costela-de-adão" (rib of Adam).

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Brilliant series and spotting.

Thank you, dominique.eghlidi.

dominique.eghlidi 5 years ago

Excellent series!

Thank you, Polilla, LaurenZarate and FredLuizRomeiro.

FredLuizRomeiro 5 years ago

Série Espetacular!! Hiper didático!! Parabéns!

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Lovely series! I never saw egg masses like these before.

Petrópolis, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 27, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2016

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