Thorn Mimic Treehopper

Thorn Mimic Treehopper
Thorn Mimic Treehopper

This curious insect belongs to the group of trehoppers belonging to family Membracidae. It is also called thorn Mimic treehopper as it looks like a thorn. most treehoppers are considered as pest, but some like Leptocentrus taurus was found feeding on the noxious weed Parthenium hysterophorus in Karnataka, India, thus acting as potential biological control agents. I found this Leptocentrus species on a Smooth rattlepod (Crotalaria pallida)plant. Photographed using Canon EOS 5D mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro using Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash.

3 thoughts on “Thorn Mimic Treehopper”

  1. This quite a common insect is considered by many agriculturist as pest, scientists as biological weapon to fight against weeds. But I hardly see this curious insect in macro photography.
    -Krishna Mohan

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