Subject: found this
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
July 27, 2013 6:56 pm
I found this in Mexico and would like to know the type of bug this is.
These are Treehoppers in the family Membracidae, and according to BugGuide, they: “differ from related families in having a large pronotum that extends back over the abdomen and (often) covers the head; many species appear humpbacked or thorn-like; others have spines, horns or keels.” Your individuals are among the most strangely shaped we have seen photos of. It appears you have also photographed a mating pair. We found it identified as a Horseshoe-Shaped Treehopper, Sphongophorus ballista, on The Featured Creature.