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Centrotus cornutus

Centrotus cornutus
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Copyright: Jose Cobo (Cobo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: fujifilm finepix s1500
Exposure: f/4, 1/340 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 14:44
Viewed: 3240
Points: 10
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Centrotus cornutus is a species of 'treehoppers' belonging to the family Membracidae This species is present in most of Europe, in eastern Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.
The adults reach 7–10 millimetres (0.28–0.39 in) of length, while females are slightly larger. They can be encountered from early May through early August in moderately moist or in dry habitats. The basic coloration of the stocky body is dark-brown. The pronotum is hairy, arched up and pulled back in a long, wave-shaped extension, with two sharp, ear-shaped protrusions (hence the Latin name cornutus, meaning 'horned').
The bizarre horn-like extensions of the pronotum apparently help the camouflage. As a matter of fact, when this insect is at rest on a branch with the legs retracted, it looks like a part of the branch itself. The legs are very short and the protruding eyes are large and round. The front wings are pale brown and translucent, with evident brown veins.
These 'treehoppers' are polyphagous, feeding on plant juices, which they take by their specially built, piercing-sucking mouth parts. The larvae mainly live on Cirsium, Carduus and Urtica species, while the adult insects prefer Populus, Quercus and Rubus species. They overwinter in the larval stage and have a two-year life cycle.
Information from Wikipedia.
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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-06-01 23:27]

excellent macro of the insect. good lighting and sharpness. tfs.

Ciao Jose, great macro of strange creature, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Boa tarde José Cobo
Fantastic macro of this interesting specimen.Wonderful colours,light and details in a fine composition.
Thank You
Have a good weekend!

hello Jose
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Good grief!! I've never seen this little creature before. It almost looks like an alien. This is a stunning macro Jose. Great detail and colours. Very well done.

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