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Horseshoe Treehopper Waltz

Spongophorus ballista


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.

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48 Comments (1–25)

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Antonio! :)

Once again, another wonderful series.
Congratulations and thank you, Lauren!

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Thank you so much Luis and Gilma!

WOW!! and where was I!?? did I missed that spotting!!??
Thank you, LaurenZarate for the beautiful series.

LuisStevens 9 years ago

I don't know where I was 6 months ago, amazing SOTD Lauren!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Thank you Arya :)

Arya 10 years ago

These are amazing

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Thank you Jemma and Rustic41 :))

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 10 years ago

That is one strange looking critter!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Thank you so much Sergio :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Congratulations, Lauren. You - and they - really deserved this SoTD.

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Hahahaha....good name...that makes it a lucky dance for both.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Horseshoe waltz.

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments and favorings. Thank you Karen, Mark, Sharni, Noel, Billo, Ashley, Satyen, Tina, Surekha, Rieko, Leah, Nuwan, Adarsha, Carol, Arlanda, Bernadette, bherath, Sckel, Reza, Viv, Maria and Namitha. :)

namitha 10 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD, Lauren.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Wonderful series!

VivBraznell 10 years ago


Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations !

Sckel 10 years ago

Congratulations, Lauren, is so amazing

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

amazing !!! congrats Lauren!!!!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 10 years ago

Awesome series, Lauren! Congrats!!

arlanda 10 years ago

Wonderful, congrats!!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Wow! That is a wonderful sharing and very informative as always :)
Congratulations Lauren :)

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 12, 2013
Submitted on Sep 2, 2013

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