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9 incredibly cute arthropods

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on April 13, 2016, 8:40 a.m.
cross-eyed planthopper

Photo: gbohne/Flickr

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Cross-eyed planthopper

Get this insect an optometrist, stat. With his crossed eyes and his comically large wings, this planthopper certainly looks like the creation of an amused cartoonist. There are more than 12,500 species of planthopper, an insect that got its name from either its resemblance to plants or its ability to hop like a grasshopper. However, the insects are much more likely to walk slowly or, in this case, to make use of a pair of incredibly oversized wings.