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Very odd bug - Acanalonia bivittata

Very odd bug - Acanalonia bivittata
Great Falls, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
July 3, 2008
Size: 3 - 5 mm
I found this very odd looking tiny little bug on the head of a wild onion plant in my yard. It's one of the strangest little bugs I've ever seen. It looks like it IS an insect, but aside from that, I have no clue.


Moved from Acanalonia.

GREAT picture!!!!! I'm jealous.
It is a leafhopper nymph, but I have no idea which one. Someone will be along who can probably tell you which.

Bugguide pictures
Thanks for the kind words on my planthopper nymph photo.

Truth be told, I'm a photographer rather than a bug expert.

Why do people post such small photos to the guide? I find them really hard to view. I tend to post much larger images, and let the system shrink them. Then, if somebody clicks on one, it expands and shows more detail.


Duncan Champney

You can only expand your own images
Lots of folks post larger images as you do, but the system shrinks them to 560 pixels and that's all anyone can see, except when looking at their own photos. Only you and the editors can see this image at more than 560. It is wonderful at 1200 though!!

Larger images

If the system keeps larger images on disk, why doesn't it give everybody the option to display them? It already allocates the storage to save the larger image, and if you had to ask to see a larger version it shouldn't be a big load on the system. (I'm a software engineer by trade so I think about these things.)


Duncan C

P.S. I guess you're editors then?

Sorry, we don't know the answer to that one
Our thought was that it would tax the system to have dozens of visitors tapping into the larger pictures at the same time, but we aren't software engineers,so that could be a completely wrong interpretation. BugGuide 2.0 is nearing completion, and it may turn out that is one of the new features, but you'll have to contact John VanDyk at Iowa to find that out.

Acanalonia bivittata
Planthoppers (Fulgoroidea), not leafhoppers (Cicadellidae), produce wax filaments.

Yes, great shot!
This is a nymph of Acanalonia, and with the dark brown color, we would suggest A. bivittata