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Photo#78419
Bizarre Hopper Nymph - Orientus ishidae

Bizarre Hopper Nymph - Orientus ishidae
Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
September 12, 2006
This thing was so tiny I didn't even know what I was shooting when I photographed it, but it looked bug-like, so I did. Imagine my surprise upon beholding this when I opened it on my monitor! What is it??

Orientus ishidae
The pattern on the head and the contrastingly white "feet" are characteristic of this introduced Asian species.

 
Thank you!
Are you the resident hopper expert?

 
expert?
You will find my credentials on http://www.canacoll.org/Hemip/Staff/Hamilton/Hamilton.htm

 
Very nice!!
Glad you're on this team! =) Wish I'd gotten a shot of the little "horned" hopper that landed on my hand yesterday - never seen one like that before, and I'd like to ask you what it was. Oh well - it seems I must be ever-vigilant with my camera at my side!

 
"horned" hoppers
Look in Scolops (Dictyopharidae) or Campylenchia and Enchenopa (Membracidae).

 
Thanks!
But they were actualy a pair of little horns, like devil horns or cat ears.

 
Is this the guy?
Is this they guy? I photographed him on the last day of September. Looks like cat ears to me.


 
That looks right!
Thanks for solving my mystery, at least until I can get a shot myself to make sure. =)

Looks like Coelidia olitoria
images in the guide here

 
I thought so too
I thought so too when I saw this this morning, but then I began to think the head looked different, the area between the eyes. The eyes themselves look different to me too. But maybe I'm imagining it.

 
Well, we think Andy Hamilton will be back
to help us in early October, so we should find out then!

 
Comparison
This is the photo I was comparing to. It sure looks like the distance between the eyes is much less in the photo below than in the photo on this page. But probably it is just a trick of the camera angle, the image size, etc.


 
You're right -
the eyes do look very different. The ones in the blue specimen are sunken in as well as appearing closer together. I wonder if maybe it was sick, or had freshly molted and was still soft, or something else?

 
Hmmm
You may be right. The other thing to think about is that hopper nymphs go through five instars, and maybe mine is an earlier instar than yours.

 
That would make sense -
I was thinking the face seemed not as well-formed as mine's. Maybe that's why.

 
Thanks for the guess -
judging from the comment about the upturned abdomen being distinctive, it looks like you got it. Wow, what a wild collection of colorforms! Fantastic! I wonder what the purpose is of the upturned abdomen?

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