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Treehopper with mite by melvynyeo Treehopper with mite by melvynyeo
Treehopper with damaged wing and a unfriendly mite :) Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treehopp…
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 400 genera are known.[1] They are found on all continents except Antarctica; only three species are known from 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.

The specialised pronotum (or helmet) may not be simply an expansion of the prothoracic sclerite, but a fused pair of dorsal appendages of the first thoracic segment. They may be serial homologues of insect wings, which are dorsal appendages of the second and/or third thoracic segments. Evidence for this theory includes the development of the helmet, which arises as a pair of appendages attached to each side of the dorsal prothorax by an articulation with muscles and a flexible membrane that allow it to be mobile. Also, the same genes are involved in development of the helmet and the wings.
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Ramul Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
The mite is a larva of Leptus (Erythraeidae), by the way. They have the interesting feature of boring through the more sclerotized parts of their hosts.
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darachusi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   General Artist
umm whats that red sac-like organism riding on its head? :0

(haha, you from singapore too!)
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nooreva Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
I found this thing in Indonesia too
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:)
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Quivieres Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That mite seems unfriendly indeed, do you ever interact with the incects you photograph? Like in this case taking the mite off him? or would that damage the insects?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Nope, i always leave them alone no matter how cruel it might seems... unless the damage is caused by human. Forcefully remove the mite will definitely harm bith the treehopper and the mite as they are very small (mite is 1mm long). 
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Quivieres Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it's okay, i dont think its cruel, im glad to know now, and those are good news for the mite
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Baher-Amin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: awesome!! 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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nickelion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I love this little guy.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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DerpyBunnies Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
owo... you actually took this in Singapore? (cool owo.. (lives in singpaore and barely ever sees a grasshoppers)) Where di you find them *O*
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
For this one, it was taken in Macritchie Reservoir. :)
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DerpyBunnies Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
cool *O* I should check it out one day
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nickelion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Well, I live in SouthAmerica and I do not know nor see so much of the Amazonian animal or insects... There's a HUGE variety of them here.
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DerpyBunnies Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Wow thats so cool *O*
I see.. hmmm..maybe I should go exploring more ^^
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Erigyr Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor guy! That mite looks bigger thn his brain! I would hate to get something like that on my back. The picture is really good, though!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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ZoologyKaM Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist

Adorable!:heart: I thought by looking at it that it looked like a cicada. We have a lot of them here. I love getting to see them up close, though it rarely happens. I wish we had more bugs where I live. I guess it doesn't help that it's winter here.


I'm so jealous that you can go out and take pictures like these. What's the climate like in Singapore?

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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Singapore is a tropics country so its hot and humid all year round :)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nature is awesome =D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Indeed :)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
you have a lot of mites in Singapore. :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Hahahaha...
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Meisaims Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I thought that when I saw this too. :D (Big Grin) 
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
yes, it probably not coincidenc :)
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Mauijam Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks! :)
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