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    I got a bunch of these on a tree in the backyard. The ants are farming these bugs and drinking the dew they produce. Anybody know what these freaky things are? I asked on another forum, and one person said it was a "leafhopper". I googled it, and these bugs don't look like no leafhopper.

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    okay.. I have no idea what those are... but I think you just managed to replace my fear of spiders... those are... horrifying
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    Horrifying? Heck no! Those are gorgeous!

    They look like some kind of leafhopper(juvies maybe)-but their are thousands of species. Many have odd body shapes/thorns as the ones you showed. Harder for a bird to swallow after all.

    It would help to know what kind of plant it was on but don't expect an ID unless you talk with an entomologist
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    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

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    Maybe a species of aphids, you said that the ants were farming them and ants are known for raising aphids and aphids produce dew from their backside, so probably a type of aphid, unless ants also raise other dew-producing insects.

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    Im guessing mutant alien insects, who lke to wear the skins of lady bugs for hats ??

    please tell me that they dont move fast one of those with speed behind it would really creep me out!
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    They're kind of similar to these... or not hehe.





    Related to cicadas I think.
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    Larry...where the heck have ya been??!!

    Gross bugs. But nothing can approach the creepiness of....of....(I can barely say the word)....CAMELBACK CRICKETS!! Talk about a bug to run from! They totally creep me out. *shudder*
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    Geeesh, them spiny things are downright nutty-looking, I bet they're" weapons grade"

    MAN, I sincerely hope they never appear up here in Canada- we got these weird "military Cicadas" last year (they were flat-black "stealth fighter" looking things with a flattened, HIDEOUS spiky body and dragonfly-looking wings) and they were quite scary enough for me...

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    Didn't replace my fear of spiders, but it DID add one thing to my "intense fear of creepy crawlies" list...
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