Insect Associates - Alex Wild Photography
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Mixed in among these turtle ants (Cephalotes atratus) are several honeydew-producing treehoppers. They are difficult to see, however, as their color, size, and texture closely match that of their ant associates. Presumably, this clever camouflage provides a measure of protection from predators.

Morretes, Paraná, Brazil

Mixed in among these turtle ants (Cephalotes atratus) are several honeydew-producing treehoppers. They are difficult to see, however, as their color, size, and texture closely match that of their ant associates. Presumably, this clever camouflage provides a measure of protection from predators. Morretes, Paraná, Brazil

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