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Portuguese Helmet Treehoppers  Fall,Geotagged,Membracis dorsata,Trinidad and Tobago,black,molting,white Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

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  1. What an odd creature! Well done with the identification. I couldn't find any information about it, if you have something more we could add it. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Very little information is available online, from my own observations large clusters of nymphs are often seen on host plants (mainly peas in the Fabaceae family). The nymphs are quite different in appearance from the adults being white to pale orange in colour with spiny protrusions along their backs.
      After the final molt the adults are initially pale (as in the photo) but they assume their dark colouring after a few hours. There are two colour variations in the adults, the more common colouring has patches of white at the front and rear of the pronotum (as in the photo) the less common version has a thick white band that runs the length of the pronotum.
      Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago

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Membracis dorsata is a species of treehopper found in Central America.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by WildFlower
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Uploaded Jan 21, 2015. Captured Nov 23, 2014 07:47 in Upper Sixth Avenue, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • PENTAX K-50
  • f/16.0
  • 1/180s
  • ISO800
  • 300mm