Amazonian treehopper garden

Amazonian treehopper garden

Misahuallí, Napo, Ecuador

This Amazonian treehopper is a female Heteronotus vandamei measuring only 6mm. The peculiar shape of her thorax is believed to mimic a wasp, although scientist do not know for sure. She rests on a flowering Inga tree where she feeds and will also lay her eggs. She chose this tree because it is nutritious for her and her babies, but also because it is teeming with ants which will take care of her offspring in exchange for the honeydew treehoppers excrete after digesting the sap they feed upon.