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.
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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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15 comments:

  1. Fascinating little bug, great shot!

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  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.

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    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
      Lea's Menagerie

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  3. I've never seen one - cool!

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  4. Excellent close-up! Like that green!

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  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

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

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

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  8. Great capture of this tiny creature!

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

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