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”
First time for me.
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.