Sunday, October 27, 2013

Meet the Treehopper ‘Helicopter’ from the Steamy Jungles of your Mind!

Good Day World!

Don’t you love bugs? Especially weird looking ones? I’ve gathered up a collection of the little creepies just for you!

Meet The Treehopper "Helicopter" from the Steamy Jungles of your Mind

Sure, Salvador Dali came up with some lovely surreal forms in his art, but this thing blows them all out of the water!

Seen in Berlin's Museum of Natural History, this is the Brazilian Treehopper, or Bocydium globulare - a real living insect, which only pretends to be an alien helicopter.

(image of Treehopper: Nick Currie)

Other insect replicas by Alfred Keller were damaged or lost during the Second World War, but this sculpture was preserved by Berlin's Naturkundemuseum - a perfect find for modern concept artists and game designers!

Here’s some bizarre insects (see Best Bugs in the Universe for example), but seeing Bocydium globulare may very well re-define your concepts of what constitutes "weird" in nature.

(images: Vera Wald)

Patrick Landmann shows some more of these weird cicada-related creatures (below)

(images credit: Patrick Landmann/Lightmediation)

Orchid mantis is shy... but pleased to meet you.

(image credit: Igor Siwanowicz,)

Offer it bits of a banana, it loves to nibble on bananas. (more info)


Time for me to walk on down the road…

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