Thorn Treehopper
Umbonia crassicornis
The Thorn Treehopper (Umbonia crassicornis) is an insect species often found in the southern United States from Florida to Texas. It is sometimes called thornbug as well as treehopper. This insect can fly, but part of its defense from predators is that it looks like a thorn on a tree limb which may prevent birds or other predators from eating it. The 7 shots of treehoppers on this page were taken in Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., Texas, in April, 2009, with a Canon EOS 50D and a Sigma 150 Macro lens and flash.