Tree Hoppers Guarding Eggs

Tree Hoppers Guarding Eggs

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Credit: VALERIE GILES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Adult female tropical tree hoppers guard their egg masses in Pichincha, Ecuador, at an elevation of 1250 meters. Extra protection is provided by ants, which will get honeydew from the immature hoppers.

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