About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

#674: Planthopper

Another critter suggested by Robert Silberbauer.

The Planthoppers are an infraorder of insect, containing more than 12,500 species. They rely on cryptic camouflage to hide, masquerading as a leaf, bark or fungi. This particular species is one of the Lanternfly Family, named in part for his long snout, although he does not emit light. Instead, he uses it to pierce tree bark and obtain sap. Due to the nature of his diet, he can unwittingly spread diseases between plants and all Planthoppers act as a vector for plant disease.

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