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BG1507 D1123 - Cyrpoptus belfragei

BG1507 D1123 - Cyrpoptus belfragei
Gloster, Gloster Arboretum, Amite County, Mississippi, USA
August 31, 2007
Size: body length 14.4 mm.
Proper placement would be appreciated.
Gayle

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Moved
Moved from Fulgoroidea.

Cyrpoptus belfragei
This is one of our largest Fulgoridae in the east (males 12 mm, females 14 mm), but west of the Mississippi, some genera get much larger. Thanks for the shot of the colorful hind wings!

Do they really sit with the hind legs crossed underneath, or were you posing a dead specimen?

 
Alive but woosey
The subject was anesthetized with carbon dioxide. In many cases, the wings are spread as a reaction to the gas (I often get good spreadwing shots of asilids from this effect). The spread wing photo was the first one taken. As the subject recovered, it assumed a more realistic pose, and more photos were taken. When I noticed the crossed legs, I nudged the critter with a toothpick, hoping for an improved pose, but it flew up, lit high on the wall and ended the photo session.
We really appreciate your help with our material.
Thanks, Gayle

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