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Treehopper (Portuguese Helmet)

Membracis foliata


Very beautiful creatures, I only saw them two times and at the same spot.

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45 Comments (1–25)

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Thank you Remco and José!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 8 years ago

These are so beautiful!

remco.douma 8 years ago

Wow, what a strange animal!

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Thank you Chamalka and sunnyjosef!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 8 years ago

Congratulations....Nice spotting!

sunnyjosef 8 years ago

Great spotting Pieter.. and congrats...

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Thank you everyone!

VivBraznell 8 years ago

Great SOTD Pieter .. congratulations!

rams4d 8 years ago


Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 8 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Truly amazing. Thanks for sharing these beauties with us Pieter and Congratulations on the SOTD !!

Congrats Pieter on this SOTD!

RiekoS 8 years ago

Very nice, congratulations.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting.....

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

beautiful! congrats on the SOTD!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Congratulations and thanks for sharing this unique hopper!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Congrats Pieter!!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Fantastic! Great job! Love insects and especially this one.

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Thank you Antonio, Mike, Eulalia, Marta and everyone else!

Great capture Peter,amazing shape and collour,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

If Dehli is like Chennai (my second home) cars get rear-ended regularly without any locusts :-)

SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

Mark, I donot think I have ever seen such a hopper before (apart from grasshoppers I have seen few ; ) but I have seen a locus plague in the windshields got smeared and then cars got rear-ended . They ate all my plants in the balcony. My apartment for a few days was very crowded with pots indeed.........your comments just trigerred a memory. I saved one locust in formalin and gave it to the small museum we had in our Delhi office. But yes, even well-adjusted parasites do not kill their hosts so I suppose the right host will not be damaged to any great extent...Thanks. Sukanya

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

I've never heard of a 'right' hopper species damaging it's 'right' host plant to any serious extent.. just doesn't make sense evolutionarily.. have you seen such a thing ? I suppose there are the occasional locust plagues.. but even then I think they occur after unusual rains and excessive green growth and might make sense in the bigger picture. Always willing to learn though. :)

SukanyaDatta 8 years ago

Mark Ridgway...very right. I totally subscribe. Let me hoppers damage plants? :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congrats Pieter. Fabulous tree hopper! ...
SukanyaDatta !!? you know every creature has it's place and it's only humans that turn them into pests.

Spotted by

Departamento del Beni, Bolivia

Spotted on Nov 12, 2013
Submitted on Jun 26, 2014

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