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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.
Heavy shrubbery along the highway between San Cristobal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierrez, km 11.5, 865 meters.
Lat: 16.73, Long: -92.93
Spotted on Aug 12, 2013
Submitted on Sep 2, 2013
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