Absurd creature of the week will make your day
"The dazzling array of treehopper body shapes and behaviors invite us to imagine, explore, question, and discover. The diverse morphological, behavioral, ecological, and distributional patterns among treehoppers make them an ideal group for exploring evolutionary relationships and the connections among form, function, genetics, the environment, and biogeography."
"Let’s just admit it: We all have body issues to some degree. I, for instance, was informed a few years back by a drunk lady in a bar that I am in fact slightly bow-legged, which was the first I’d heard of it. The revelation was enormous, and still remains a source of some anxiety for me.
But our image issues are mere trifles compared to what must be going through the minds of the treehoppers. These are without a doubt nature’s most bizarre insects, having evolved into a huge range of shapes: some with jutting, curling heads, others that look like they have ants on their backs, and still others that do a spot-on impression of a fungus that invades other insects and erupts from their bodies." #diversity #genetic #creature #treehopper #insect #nature