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This thing is an incredible jumper! - Sophonia orientalis

This thing is an incredible jumper! - Sophonia orientalis
Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, USA
October 11, 2009
Size: Guessing 3-4mm
I don't think I've seen one of these, and am not sure what it is. It was very alert and was able to jump 1 or 2 feet at a very high rate of speed. Torpedo bug would be an apt name for this, but judging from the nymphs I have seen I can't imagine that it is. If it were (and there are torpedo bug adults in the area) it would be presenting at least 3 completely different looking faces during its development. What could it be?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.
Should probably be frassed eventually, but we don't have many images for this species yet.

 
Thanks, Charley
I couldn't decide about frassing, thinking the same thing as you did. My Canon DSLR was stolen, and I'm not getting very good results from my old 3MPixel point and shoot!

BTW - Using a +7 or +10 diopter...

A Leafhopper...
Sophonia orientalis


 
Thanks, Ron!
It seemed really low to the leaf - distance from the leaf to the highest point of the dorsal side, and the legs seemed odd, however, I'm glad to find out what they are! Thanks again!

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