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Peanut Head Bug

Peanut Head Bug
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): Funny Faces, So Funny, I had to laugh., RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-15 15:50
Viewed: 11151
Points: 20
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Peanut Head Bug
Fulgora laternaria

This weird looking creature is an insect, in the family Fulgoridae of the order Homoptera. The Fulgorids all have enlarged foreheads, but it is most remarkable in the peanut-head, so named because its head looks like an unshelled peanut. It grows to about three inches (8 cm) long.

The peanut-head can't bite. Its mouth is like a straw, so all it can do is suck juices from plants. That's why it needs a lot fancy defenses to scare away predators, like its strange head.

Scientists think that the head is supposed to imitate a lizard's head, and animals that don't eat lizards are scared away. It is part of a complex anti-predator scheme the bug uses. The peanut-head has large red and black spots on its underwings that look like large eyes when the bug spreads its wings. If these don't scare away predators, the bug releases a skunk-like spray. In the rainforest there are so many things that want to eat the peanut-head that it needs a lot of defenses.


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Hi Manyee

Quite a bizarre looking insect, but yes this family is well known for producing some weird forms. Well done. TFS


Hi Manyee,
it's an interesting insect and I never saw one before and never heard this funny name before.
Thanks, I like the shot very much.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-16 0:30]

What a great capture this lovely bug.
Wonderful details and colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-16 1:38]

Hell Manyee,
What a wonderful insects with, indeed, a peanut head.
Beautiful photo. Maybe a bit more contrast and saturation in colours was possible. It's good camouflaged now. Good sharpness.
Have a great weekend,

amazing bug, TFS Ori

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-16 3:56]

Hi Manyee,
insect a very ... that look great. A bit bizarre, but .. have to look at as it is.
Very good details and colors.
Have a nice WE,

hello Manyee
this is very strange for my
great details and good sharpness of this Beauty
i like this insect very much
thanks for look
greeting lou

Hi Manyee.
Very interesting catch...Never seen before...Thanks for share, good work...Regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-20 18:21]

Hi ManYee

Now ain't this a sight for sore eyes? The "Intrepid Explorer" strikes again with #11 of
TrekNature 1st's since mid November 2009. I'm not complaining as you have single-
handedly became the biggest contributor to my theme series for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT
contributions to TN
". And still the final tally was not yet reached.

This is one weird little hombre. Whether it is a lizards head or a peanut head it stays
a bizarre creature. Probably proves that the Creator does have a sense of humour.
Actually it seems to be so well camouflaged that one wonders why it would still need
the added deterrent (in that strange head) to keep the predators at bay. But your note
do provide the answer: "In the rainforest there are so many things that want to eat the
peanut-head that it needs a lot of defences".

Well done MF and TFS.

Hi ManYee,
It's a very cool looking insect and your image displays it fantastically. The peanut shape attribute is definitely a weird characteristic. Even though scientist speculate that it presents to other predators as a possible lizard, more of a threat than a food source, it makes one wonder if there is another purpose for it's odd shape?
Paul :)

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