165. The Weirdest Bug!


Thorn bugs have interested people because of their unusual appearances.Thorn bugs are tree hoppers and belong to the family of insects related to Cicadas and Leaf Hoppers.There are about 3200 known species of tree hoppers spread over in all continents, except Antarctica.

These bugs are known for their enlarged and ornate pronotum which resembles the thorns of the plants and aid in perfect camouflage.The pronotum grown into a hornlike extension and many weird shapes which are hard to be named.

These bugs pierce the plant stems and feed on the sap. Excess of the sap gets concentrated to honey dew, which in turn attracts the ants. The ants protect the thorn bugs from the predators.

It is important for the sap feeding bugs to dispose off the honey dew. Otherwise it can become infected with sooty molds. Ant mutualism helps and benefits both the bugs and the ants.

Visalakshi Ramani

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20 Responses to 165. The Weirdest Bug!

  1. Aaron Cagle says:

    thanks soooooooooo much! this really helped me on my project!

  2. Riola says:

    Thanks! I am doing a report on this insect.

  3. A.F. says:

    I can’t seem to find out how to label the insect body parts of the Thorn Bug. I have yet to see any antennas. Is this correct? Working on a elementary school project. Thank you for the information.

    • Thank you for your feedback.
      If you Google search for the thorn bug,
      you will find many images of the insect from various angles.
      I am sure you will be able to locate the antennae
      unless is in-built in the insect.
      Good Luck! 🙂

  4. Noel says:

    Are they dangerous in any way?

  5. hotty says:

    I cant find anything for my project and this had nothing I needed so…. thanks

  6. hotty says:

    but thanks for trying

  7. WADE says:

    I STEPPED ON ONE WITH BARE FEET AND IT IRITATED ME.I AM GLAD IT DID NOT PENETRATE VERY FAR.I THINK IT WOULD HAVE BURNED A LOT MORE

  8. Samantha says:

    These bugs hurt worser than a thorn I’ve come across them way too many times.These ugly bugs hurr so much!!!!!

  9. Maddie says:

    thanks for the help so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I recomend it strongly

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