Cyphonia clavata

This treehopper looks more like an ant than the flying insect it is. Its costume, called a "helmet," grows out of its upper back. Treehoppers are masters of disguise - they might look like a leaf, a thorn, a twig, or bark. Some, like this ant lookalike, deter predators by mimicking other dangerous creatures. Others are for camouflage, helping them blend in with their background to hide from predators.

Description: A flying insect that looks like a black ant
Range: Central and South America (from Mexico to Argentina)
Diet: plant sap
Cool fact: Treehoppers vibrate their bodies to make sounds to attract mates and warn others if a predator nears.

Image credits: main image, by Andreas Kay (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license).