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Photo#117261
Privet Leafhopper - Fieberiella florii

Privet Leafhopper - Fieberiella florii
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
June 10, 2007
Size: 6mm
Found on underside of leaf of Himalayan Blackberry, Rubus armeniacum.

Fieberiella florii
It's just sleeping there, not feeding.

 
Sleeping?
I never thought of an insect sleeping before.

 
They do!
One of my most enjoyable activities is to sneak up on sleeping bees and see how close I can get with my camera before they see my movements. (I go out in the morning).

 
Once you become familiar with a principle you can see it.
Just this morning I got close to a moth, and all of a sudden it had a start just the way a person might wake up suddenly. It was strange how perfectly its body language conveyed what seemed to be an abrupt awakening!

I think I may now understand the logic behind the conclusion that your guy was sleeping. It is interesting, but...well, anyway, apparently when eating this type of insect simultaneously will discharge a substance from the other end. Here is the interesting part, though you may already know, this substance is apparently sweet, and flies and ants find it delectable! Now not only do you have a hopper sucking the juice out of your plants, but you are attracting flies and ants as well.

What could be better?!

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