Cuerna sp. - Cuerna
Cuerna sp., new month for this inland barrens specialist. Last fall, tried to get material so I had enough to send out for I.D. On the advice of Dr. Hamilton, I did look hard, but found none ready to overwinter. But today, first day after a week of searching (first day to break 72), THERE THEY WERE, and in good numbers. No emergent plants yet however so wonder what they will feed on?- in that this is over a month earlier than the April 2011 material, see http://bugguide.net/node/view/508645#901521
. But now we should get this finally to species. I was so excited I emailed Dr. Hamilton from the field. This is the HARDEST bug to find and film in the wild. Its jet black color allows it to disappear rapidly, and it is a strong far flier- not much bigger than a grain of rice on top of it. And still, only found on the one dune side. Interesting. I am now closer to knowing this bugger's host plant. Only one odd plant sticks out as a sore thumb in that area. And, this summer- I'll be growing IT AND THIS HOPPER until I figure it out. :0-) Love this hopper. Love a good mystery. Think if I remember, it can be only one of two: C. sayi or C. fenestella.