Photo: Cute little treehopper is quite a character

272 of 1107

This sprawling family of thorn-mimicking insects is one of the most wonderfully weird ones around.

Granted there are a lot of really strange insects on the planet, but entering the world of treehoppers is to be surrounded by a cast of characters so cute and surreal that it's hard to believe these things are real. Related to cicadas and leafhoppers, treehoppers, like Alchisme tridentata photographed here by Andreas Kay, have oddly-shaped pronotum that are meant to mimic thorns as a means of camouflage. This guy, while ridiculously adorable, is pretty sedate; some treehoppers have veritable twigs and berries emerging from their backs. Mother Nature never ceases to impress with her creativity!

Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on flickr and add your pictures to the group.

WHAT'S HOT ON FACEBOOK