March 9, 2012
Adult Keelbacked Treehopper on celery
(Approximately ¼ inch or 7 mm long)
When I found the Keelbacked Treehoppers, all but one were in the nymphal (immature) stage. As nymphs, these insects do not have wings (this is true for all insects—just look at caterpillars, grubs, and maggots), and are bound to the area in which they were deposited as eggs by their mother. The nymphs are often attended by ants, which feed on their sugary excreta and provide a level of defense against the treehopper's predators....
Posted by Lila Higgins at 8:39 PM | 0 COMMENTS