Leafhoppers Build Buckyball-Like Brochosomes to Block Light

They also repel water to help camouflage the bugs and their egg masses. That’s a good thing for leaf hoppers.

Rich Sobel
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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closeup of a leaf hopper’s head and upper thorax
Close-up photo of one kind of leafhopper by Thomas Shahan on Flickr

So many of the articles I read just lay out the information as if that’s all you need or want to know. And I understand that. People have limited time to read things and publications have limited space for including information. So getting right to it is the common code of the day.

But I write not just to communicate scientific information but also to tell a story. Because I believe that the story is as important as the information it seeks to provide. And if you like the story, you’ll remember the information better, too!

So if you’re not interested in the story, that’s ok. You can scan my articles and get a bunch of info and be on your merry way.

Or you can sit back, take a few extra minutes, and enjoy the story.

Once upon a time….

Back in the mid 20th century, the inventor R. Buckminster Fuller promoted and popularized structures called geodesic domes. Although he is often credited with inventing them, in fact they were invented by a German engineer (Dr. Walther Bauersfeld) in 1925.

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Rich Sobel
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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