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Hopper Nymph ID

Hopper Nymph ID
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
June 23, 2008
Size: ~3mm

Moved from Deltocephalinae.

young leafhopper nymph
I really have no idea what leafhopper this is - Spangbergiella is the only possibility that comes to mind.

What plant was it found on? Can you watch for adults?

not Spangbergiella
A nymph of that genus has been photographed already, and they don't have those lovely black bands.

For some reason...
no more herbicide was sprayed in the area I took the image. I'm still looking for adults.

It was on either bamboo or tall grass. Most likely the latter. I can try to watch for adults, but the area that I took this image in is supposed to be cleared away to make a 'picnic' park :^(. Much of it has already been sprayed with herbicide...Grrrrrrr.

I'll go back there this weekend to see what is left.

I'm thinking maybe Preston got some *really* fine-tipped sharpie markers and *drew* those markings on the nymph. That's why Dr. Hamilton doesn't recognize it!! :)

Yeah, the mustache around the front was hardest to apply!

Yes, but how many did
you paint and release?

Only one!
Too much of a strain on these old eyes :^O There's a copycat out there!

you know...
It's bad enough that I have to keep enjoying the incredibly detailed pics you keep posting! But do you have to also keep finding such wonderful variety??

Dr. Hamilton is *never* going to enjoy *any* of my pics after you're through with him! :)

Keep it up. I'm enjoying living 5x vicariously through your setup.


PS You know, if you stick a 3x teleconverter and a couple extension tubes on there, we can probably see the mitochondria in their cells!! Of course, it'll be hard to control with the lens 0.001 mm away from the subject and you about 10 m away at the other end of the lens. :)
(Never mind me, I'm just jealous).

Tell me about it. This guy never lets up. How do you do it?

Great picture and great insect!

Thanks for the kind words all!
This little fellow was only shot at 3:1 :^) I'm not using a tripod, so I rarely go to a higher magnification. I'm really enjoying capturing the smaller bugs.

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