Oct 152012
Thorn mimic hopper

Tree hoppers disguise as thorns on plant stem to prevent predators from spotting them,  to get extra protection they hire ants by providing them sweet liquid in return.  The insect body look like leaf buds under the thorns. Hoppers (order Homoptera) are herbivorous insects that suck the carbohydrate-rich juice from phloem vessels in plant sap through