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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-21 7:10
Viewed: 2802
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treehoppers (more precisely typical treehoppers to distinguish them from the Aetalionidae) and thorn bugs are members of the family Membracidae, a group of insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers. About 3,200 species of treehoppers in over 600 genera are known. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, although only three species are found in Europe.

They are best known for their enlarged and ornate pronotum, which most often resembles thorns, apparently to aid camouflage. In some species, the pronotum grows to a horn-like extension, but even more bizarre and hard-to-describe shapes are also found.

Thorn bugs, due to their unusual appearance, have long interested naturalists. Distinguishing males from females is accomplished only by looking at the male genitalia. Individual treehoppers usually live for only a few months, but they belong to a lineage that is at least 40 million years old.

A team from the Institute of Developmental Biology of Marseille-Luminy in 2011 provide good evidence that the specialised pronotum (or helmet) is not simply an expansion of the prothoracic sclerite, but a fused pair of dorsal appendages of the first thoracic segment, serial homologues of insect wings, which are dorsal appendages of the second and/or third thoracic segments. (Anatomical evidence: The helmet arises as a pair of appendages, attached to each side of the dorsal prothorax by an articulation, with muscles and flexible membrane that allow it to be mobile. Genetic evidence: the same genes are involved in development of the helmet and wings.

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Salam Foozi,

A very nice capture with beautiful colors, details & POV. Well done & TFS.

Salam & regards


Ciao Foozi, great macro of fantastic bug, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-21 7:51]

Hello Foozi,
An excellent macro of this Tree-hopper taken with fine sharpness, Natural colours and in good lighting with a fine contrasting BG.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Foozi
very good sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Foozi

Great macro with fine POV and appropriate framing,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-21 15:24]

Hi Foozi,this is incredible,maybe come from the moon or an another planet..ehehe...fantastic macro and great and interesting surprise,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Salam Foozi.
This tiny hopper surely have some great character. I like the sharp eye and the extra long ponytail of this fine specimen.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Hello Foozi,
Very unusual for me but I am not an expert on bugs and so that in itself is worth my two points. Over and above that, even though slightly short on DOF, the quality is very good, especially as you apparently did not have tripod support which probably would be very difficult to have under these conditions. The colours are very pleasing too. Thank you and best wishes.

Impresionante y rara especie que en general captaste bien.
Saludos Foozi: J. Ignasi.

Amazing insect Foozi! Very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-22 12:50]

Great macro shot, Foozi!
Excellent sharpness and fine detail; splendid colours and good control of flash light. Well done!

Ciao Foozi. An interesting detailed and sharpened taken for the strange one. Beautiful colours.


Hi Foozi,

The branch is framing well the insect. the macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Treehoppers. The morning light is breinging out the colors. Have a nice day.


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