I belong to Haryana , India Sudden I found this type of insect in my classroom and it stung me suddenly because ,I felt itching in my hand for about 15 mins , so please tell me, is it poisonous or not and which type of Arthropod is it ? Characteristics:- Two horn like protrusions on its head ,

A stingy tail,

Eyes are not clearly visible,

Winged ,

1-1.5cm in size (Sorry for blurred image )

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  • $\begingroup$ The photo is far to unclear to be able to tell anything other than "winged insect" I can't even tell if it could be a bee or a fly. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Dec 10, 2023 at 20:12
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    $\begingroup$ I got it , it is a horned treehopper which is found in UK, US and India $\endgroup$ Dec 11, 2023 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ From the wings, it must be an Auchenorrhyncha, likely a Membracidae species. So, I wonder how it could have bitten or stung anyone... This one looks similar and occurs in India: projectnoah.org/spottings/16531012 $\endgroup$ Dec 12, 2023 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ I am also confused that , which type of eyes this treehopper has ..... These are not ommatidia not simple eyes but which type $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2023 at 11:44

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It's a treehopper (membracidae) from the genus Oxyrachis. They do not sting or bite. Identifying the species is impossible due to the quality of the image, but here are a few:

enter image description here O. tarandus

enter image description here O. versicolor

enter image description here O. sinensis


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