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Flower bugs hanging on to tree, Marojejy, Madagascar I had seen this species before a few times, but finally I found some at ground level. Here&#039;s one individual:<br />
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And a crappy video:<br />
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From a distance they bugs look like a flower, both as an individual as when they are clustered as a group. Africa,Flatida coccinea,Flower bug,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Marojejy,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Flower bugs hanging on to tree, Marojejy, Madagascar

I had seen this species before a few times, but finally I found some at ground level. Here's one individual:

Closeup of single Flower Bug, Marojejy, Madagascar Group photo:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/36762/flower_bugs_hanging_on_to_tree_marojejy_madagascar.html Africa,Flatida coccinea,Flower bug,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Marojejy,World


And a crappy video:


From a distance they bugs look like a flower, both as an individual as when they are clustered as a group.

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The Flatida coccinea is a planthopper bug that is endemic to Madagascar. Literature has little details on this specie, yet casual observation shows the insect having a bizarre flower-shaped attachment on its back that likely is used for camouflage. In addition, the insects seem to live together in large groups, collectively creating the illusion of a plant in bloom.

Some report that the flower-shaped back is detachable and only occurs at the nymph phase of the insect's life. The adult.. more

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Mar 13, 2016. Captured Oct 10, 2015 11:38.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/14.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm