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Why is Rudolp's nose red?

Astonishing Treehopper

Astonishing Aphid

Common name: Treehopper

Treehoppers are sometimes called thorn bugs, because many of them look much like a thorn you find on the stems of some plants. This appearance helps to camouflage these bugs, so they are more difficult for their predators to find. Some treehoppers eat sugary plant juice, and release sweet waste (called honeydew) out of their rear ends.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Family: Membracidae

 

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This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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