Sunday, June 2, 2013

Leafhopper June 2, 2013

I think this tiny insect is a Leafhopper, but I am far from being an insect ID expert.
UPDATE: Thanks to Hannah's comment below,
the damp spot has been identified as being caused by the insect biting into the leaf.
Happy Monday!

Straight-Out-Of-the-Camera except for cropping and adding my name.
Canon PowerShot G9, macro mode, 7.4 mm, 1/500 sec, f 4.0
May 31, 2013, mid-morning.
Sometimes the Macro mode works well, and sometimes it just refuses to focus.
I was amazed to get a clear photo of such a tiny insect.

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  1. Fascinating little bug, great shot!

  2. It looks like the leaf hoppers in my yard called spit bugs, because of the balls of "spit" foam on plants, so if you have those it's probably the adult. I was looking at articles on google and it sounds like perhaps injecting toxic salivary secretions into leaves can leave a stain or stipples.

    1. Hello Hannah,
      Thanks for the information - what a name! Spit Bugs!
      I think you are right - the damp spot on the leaf is probably caused by it biting into the leaf.
      Have a great week!
      Lea's Menagerie

  3. I've never seen one - cool!

  4. Excellent close-up! Like that green!

  5. Thats a great shot - this type of insect really is a Bug - which means it has a mouth like a hypodermic syringe - and the tissue fluid of the plant just flows up it into the bug - or on to the surface of the leaf in this case!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  6. What a lovely little creature... I Heart Macro is still open until 8 tonight EST if you still want to join;-)

  7. I'm not sure. But, I like that lime green color.

  8. Great capture of this tiny creature!

  9. I didn't know it had a fancy name besides rain gauge. Hmmm. Thanks for the great photo.


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