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Many insects use some sort of camouflage to protect themselves from predators. A type of treehopper, called the thornbug, does just this. Not only disguising itself to look like a thorn on a bush or tree, a thornbug uses his enlarged thorax as a shield for its body. Though treehoppers do feed on the sap of trees, they are most often completely harmless to the plants of gardens around the world.
Photo Courtesy of: IPM Images http://www.ipmimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=1325043   Deyrup, Mark 2000. Florida's Fabulous Insects. World Publications.