Rhotana sp.. The patterns on the wings...
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Image #cld1603106
SpeciesRhotana sp.
LocalitySarawak, Malaysia
DescriptionThe patterns on the wings of this tiny planthopper bear an uncanny resemblance to a jumping spider, mimicking not only the spider's body and legs but also its white chelicerae and eye reflections (white spots). Because jumping spiders (family Salticidae) are one of the most common predators of small insects like this, and the fact that these spiders use visual cues to avoid confrontations with other spiders, this mimicry may serve as an invaluable defense. 
Keywordsborneo | defense | derbidae | fauna | hemiptera | homoptera | insect | jumping | mimicry | planthopper | spider


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