Meet The Brazilian Treehopper

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The Brazilian treehopper (B. globulare) is among the weirdest-looking insects I’ve ever seen. It looks like some sort of helicopter¬†insect from an alien planet.

The first thing you may notice about the treehopper is the odd antenna-like round appendages on its head. They look like eyes, but they are simply ornamental and without a real function. Although it’s possible that the globe-like appendages are there to deter predators.

Other than the freaky headtopper, the treehopper is a fairly normal bug. This insect thrives on leading a solitary life in treetops, feeding on the undersides of leaves.

Here are a couple more photos of the wacky treehopper.

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  1. This bears a striking resemblance to the careening dirigibug from pikmin 2. Just be thankful the real thing doesn’t float and throw bombs at you.

  2. This bears a striking resemblance to the careening dirigibug from pikmin 2. Just be thankful the real thing doesn’t float and throw bombs at you.

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