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Cladonota benitezi


After a heavy rain, I came across this incredible Treehopper stuck on it's side to a leaf, wiggling it's legs. I thought it was a piece of debris with ants pulling on it. I was amazed when I realized what it was. I haven't yet found one that looks like this one. It is about 7 mm long, as you can see from the 4th picture. The two large black bulbs of the ornamentation actually do not touch, by a fraction of a millimeter. From the front or the top (last picture) this little creature looks more like a bird dropping. It has a white spot on the very top of the thoracic ornament. The legs are punctate, but not hairy. Family Membracidae.


Heavy vegetation, km 11.5, Highway between Chiapa de Corzo and San Cristobal de Las Casas, 865 meters.


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57 Comments (1–25)

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Antonio, still no species ID for this one.

Thank you for sharing this amazing series, Lauren!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Belated congratulations on this marvelous series!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats Lauren for your amazing SOTD!

Tina-MariaTozzi 9 years ago


Beautiful capture Lauren,congrats on the welél deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely spotting! Belated Congratulations!

sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Great spotting Lauren... and congrats!!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Congrats Lauren, what an interesting looking critter!

Sckel 9 years ago

Congratulations friend. you will agree with me that they resemble a rustic charcoal iron.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congrats Lauren!This is a wonderful series!!!!

rams4d 9 years ago

Looks like an Alien. Impressive, congrats !!!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 9 years ago

Increíble mundo minúsculo. Enhorabuena.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Greeeeeat spotting, Lauren. I loved it!

staccyh 9 years ago

Congrats! :)

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Thank you all so much for the wonderful honor of SOTD for this Treehopper. I am honored and humbled to be part of Project Noah and to have found so many friends all over the world who love nature as I do. May we all continue to find and share the amazing treasures that surround us all everyday.

dotun55 9 years ago

All that load. It's amazing. Congrats Lauren!

I love the vid! Wonderful spotting Lauren!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Congratulations! Cool spotting!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

What a cool critter Lauren. Congratulations on your SOTD!

beaker98 9 years ago

Congrats Lauren! Very well deserved and an amazing organism!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Lauren, your crazy looking little treehopper is Spotting of the Day!


LuisStevens 9 years ago

All it needed was a push, great video!

K🌲Nalder 9 years ago


RiekoS 9 years ago


Spotted by

El Escopetazo, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 3, 2014
Submitted on Jul 13, 2014

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