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Treehopper

Cladonota benitezi

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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57 Comments (1–25)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

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

Thank you for sharing this amazing series, Lauren!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Belated congratulations on this marvelous series!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Congrats Lauren for your amazing SOTD!

Tina-MariaTozzi
Tina-MariaTozzi 6 years ago

Amazing!

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

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Lovely spotting! Belated Congratulations!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Great spotting Lauren... and congrats!!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Lauren, what an interesting looking critter!

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

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

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

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

rams4d
rams4d 6 years ago

Looks like an Alien. Impressive, congrats !!!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 6 years ago

Increíble mundo minúsculo. Enhorabuena.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Greeeeeat spotting, Lauren. I loved it!

staccyh
staccyh 6 years ago

Congrats! :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 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
dotun55 6 years ago

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

I love the vid! Wonderful spotting Lauren!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Congratulations! Cool spotting!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 6 years ago

What a cool critter Lauren. Congratulations on your SOTD!

beaker98
beaker98 6 years ago

Congrats Lauren! Very well deserved and an amazing organism!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

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

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LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

All it needed was a push, great video!

K🌲Nalder
K🌲Nalder 6 years ago

cool

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Wonderful.

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

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

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