Link - article by Avi Abrams

      The Treehopper "Helicopter" from the Steamy Jungles of your Mind

      Sure, Salvador Dali came up with some lovely surreal forms in his art, but
      this thing blows them all out of the water. Seen in Berlin's Museum of
      Natural History, this is the Brazilian Treehopper, or
      Bocydium globulare - a real living insect, which only pretends to
      be an alien helicopter:

      (a replica of Bocydium globulare made by Alfred Keller for
        Berlin's Naturkundemuseum)

      Its other name is "The Bell Bearer"; the "Globulare" part of its Latin
      moniker stands for these utterly bizarre spheroids on the top (they are
      not antennae!).

      (image credit:
        Patrick Landmann)

      It's obvious why many people have wondered if Mr. Keller (who did many
      replicas for Berlin's Museum of Natural History in the 1950s) did not just
      come up with this replica from his imagination. It is truly hard to
      believe that such a thing can exist on Earth. And yet it does, together
      with other weirdly-shaped Membracids (relative to cicadas), shown below.

      (image credit:
        Nick Currie)

      Other insect replicas by Alfred Keller were damaged or lost during the
      Second World War, but this sculpture was preserved by Berlin's
      Naturkundemuseum - a perfect find for modern concept artists and game
      designers! We've shown you some bizarre insects before (see
      Best Bugs in the Universe
      for example), but seeing Bocydium globulare may very well re-define
      your concepts of what constitutes "weird" in nature:

      (image credit:
        Vera Wald)

      Patrick Landmann
      shows some more of these weird cicada-related creatures:

      (images credit:
        Patrick Landmann/Lightmediation)

      More Specimens from the Surreal Insects Gallery:

      Orchid mantis is shy... but pleased to meet you:

      (image credit:
        Igor Siwanowicz, click to enlarge)

      Offer it bits of a banana, it loves to nibble on bananas. (more
      info) Here is Ctenomorpha Chronus, a stick creature from your
      not-so-peaceful dreams... It can be downright disturbing when you mistake
      it for a branch and decide to idly brush it off:


      The "chronus" part in its name probably stems from the fact that it
      resembles long, sporadically moving clock hands... "The abdomen contains
      numerous spots. Each segment is tipped with black colouration" - also
      somewhat similar to clock markings. The Mole Cricket looks like it
      was loosely glued together from two disparate, unrelated halves:


      Its forearms are perfectly fit for digging subterranean tunnels, plus it
      can fly eight kilometers, if it wants to. A furry, hairy, cuddly
      caterpillar (actually a larvae of Southern Flannel Moth):
      Megalopyge opercularis from Brazil -

      (image credit:

      See it crawling on the floor in this
      video. A similarly cuddly hairy creature is the appropriately named (and
      sinister) Puss Caterpillar. It looks innocent and fluffy enough
      that many kids and adults would happily pick them up, only to find... "the
      numerous sharp, venom-laden spines, hidden beneath its luxuriant coat of
      soft hairs"! These venomous spines cause excruciating, unrelenting pain,
      quickly spreading into the chest, sometimes leading to suffocation.

      (images via)

      Look at its lovely little "teeth":

      (images credit:
        Dennis Totin. more

      Finally, here is a picture of a biggest grasshopper ever:


      Lucky for us all, this old photograph is the early example of a "fake"
      photo-manipulation job. (Sighs with relief...)


      Also read: "Deadly Carnivorous Plants" ->


Visual Caffeine #8
Visual Caffeine, Issue 8

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Visual Caffeine #7
Visual Caffeine, Issue 7

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Art Deco
Imperial Dreams: Art Deco Update

Wings, Gears, & Glamorous Ladies

1970s SciFi
DRB Pics-of-the-Day

Grand Space Adventure 1970s Art

"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"

DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly eclectic presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a valued online magazine, bringing you quality info and entertainment every time you visit the site - About DRB

Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook and Twitter.



Anonymous Jake said...

Thank you...I think...for these wonderful and semi-disturbing pictures. Sadly, I'm pretty sure all of these bugs actually live in my backyard. Or at least their near-relatives do, and they seem to like nothing better than dropping in on cookouts on our back deck.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Haha, Jake, sad to hear of your unwelcome guests... they like your cookouts so much that they even contacted our site to spread the word about them.

Anonymous Nick Hide said...

Thanks to the Brazilian Treehopper insect, I can't eat strawberries any more...

Blogger Phoebe Dancing Cat said...

Cicadas are strange enough--never mind their odd cousins.

If I understand correctly, they burrow underground and hibernate for seventeen years! That is an entire life time for a cat.

And they're so loud! ^--^


Blogger Potato said...

wait.. im brazilian.. should i be scared? lol jk. but stil... i've never heard anything about this 'thing' im glad i live far away from amazonia and all that crap. i cant stand insects..spiders.. especially the bizarre ones

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I especially like the "fake" at the end. Very cool blog! Here is a funny one http://www.creativedevolution.com/


Anonymous AlCorrupt said...

I remember finding a nest of at least 10 mole crickets at the base of a tree, in the school playground. i was about 8 and they scared the sh#t outta me. had to be at least 2" long.

Blogger Rachelle Williams said...

You had me going on this one. This is a scrumptiously deelishis post!


Post a Comment

<< Home

Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office


Abandoned, Dieselpunk
DRB Pic-of-the-Day

Abandoned: Streamlined Three-wheeler

Visual Caffeine #6
Visual Caffeine, Issue 6

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Visual Caffeine #5
Visual Caffeine, Issue 5

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Hellish Weather on Other Planets

Wild, Untamed, and Uncut

Medieval Suits of Armor

Metal Body Suits vs. Weapons of Medieval Destruction

World's Strangest Theme Parks

Amusement to the (twisted) extremes!

Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

"Then world behind and home ahead..."

Adorable Pedal Cars

Collectable Pedal Vehicles Showcase

Japanese Arcades: Gundam Pods & Other Guilty Pleasures

These machines have gone up to the next level

Modernist Tallinn Architecture

Delicious blend of old and new!

Early Supercomputers: A Visual Overview

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons"

Futuristic Concept Cars of the 1970-80s

French, Italian & Japanese rare beauties

Epic 1970s French Space Comic Art

DRB Time-Slice: Valérian and Laureline

The Trees Are Escaping! The Abandoned Prison in French Guiana

"Great Escape" from the Devil's Island

(with previews, fast loading):


Link Lattes

Feel-Good & Biscotti Issues

Feel-Good! | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird | abandoned