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Extreme Bugs: The Brazilian Treehopper

Insects are the most diverse group of organisms, with some 900,000 different kinds. However, none is more intriguing than the Brazilian treehopper. It looks like some sort of helicopter insect from an alien planet. Treehoppers are related to cicadas and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Their most unique feature is the antenna-like round helmet, which is definitely eye-catching. Although they look like eyes, they’re simply ornamental and are thought to deter predators because of their appearance. Other than looking like an alien, the Brazilian treehopper is a fairly normal insect. It lives a solitary life in the treetops, munching on leaves. So, if you ever see one, don’t go looking for its spaceship.