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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-28 9:39
Viewed: 3516
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treehoppers and thorn bugs are members of the family Membracidae, a group of insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers. There are about 3,200 species of treehoppers in over 600 genera. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, although there are only three species in Europe.

They are best known for their enlarged and ornate pronotum, which most often resembles thorns, apparently to aid camouflage. But in some species, the prontoum grows to a horn-like extension, and even more bizarre and hard-to-describe shapes are also found.

Thorn bugs, due to their unusual appearance, have long interested naturalists. This has even extended to popular culture; they are for example among the types of insects mentioned in the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Homoptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
Superfamily: Membracoidea
Family: Membracidae

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siggi, Ishi, Argus, jaycee, Dis. Ac., zulfu, Silvio2006, CeltickRanger, boreocypriensis, ramthakur, avallaunius, sranjan, oscarromulus, anel has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-28 9:50]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very intersting shot of this Treehoppers,
I know, they're really difficult to approach.
Perfect focusing,soft lighting and POV.Welldone my friend.
Best regards Siggi

hello haraprasan
wath a beautiful picture
super composition
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-02-28 10:04]

Hello Haraprasan,

Beautiful image of a very unusual species. Thanks for the informative note, too.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-28 10:10]

Hello Haraprasan,
A superb sharp macro of two Tree Hoppers beautifully positioned on either side of a stem in this fine composition against the BG leaf. They are amazing insects1
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-28 10:16]

Hi Haraprasan,

I don't recall seeing Treehoppers before! A great shot of these two working on both sides of the stem. I love the eyes!!! Nice colors and excellent details of these strange looking insects.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-28 11:12]

Hello Haraprasan,
These are certainly strange looking insects. Especially with that long horn growing backwards :)
And I can see an ant as well.
It is an interesting shot, and one I like to see

Hi Haraprasan,

what an great shot of these insecte.
I think these specie I have never been seen before.

Good composition, sharpness, details and dof.
Beautiful colours.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-28 11:44]

Hello Haraprasan, wonderful shot of these hoppers.
TFS and G's,

Ciao Haraprasan, beautiful couple of strange bugs, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-28 12:56]

ha ha
such interesting bugs
very nice postures

Namaste Haraprasan,
these guys are so strange, I never had the pleasure to see them in nature, just fantastic.
Thanks for sharing, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Haraprasan

what a superb photography of thse 2 insects,
excellent timing to shoot then in photo at the pose,
with superb focus, great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi MF HP, a wonderful macro capture of these odd shaped insects.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Namastay Hara,
W have plant hoppers of various kinds here in New Zealand,but nothing quite like these.
We have a green one that looks like a young rose thorn though.
A very interesting species.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-01 1:52]

Dear HP,

This is a nice shot and lovely focus on the eyes. The shot is so crisp. Perfect colors.Ganesh

Tree Hoppers are something new for me, HP.
This is a splendid picture with unusual clarity and rich colours.
The two subjects are in very good focus.
Your note about these creatures is educative.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Haraprasan,
This is an amazing bug! I had never known or seen it before. Thanks for bringing it to TN.

NAMASTAY my "dear" friend,
PERFECTION in every which way.
I've seen this bug in Iguacu, Brazil.
They are frightening looking too.
Mario from "thanda" Calgary.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-06 0:54]

Hello Harasprasan,
The Treehoppers are really amzing creatures to look at. In my country they are so tiny, that mostly we don't spot them. If I have a look at yours I suppose that they must be quite tiny too. I also understand that their shape can inspire movy-makers. Excellent sharpness on both creatures and the whole picture hold in green tones. I like a lot.
Best regards

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