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 Flatid Planthopper nymph - Flatormenis proxima

Flatid Planthopper nymph - Flatormenis proxima
Warren County, North Carolina, USA
July 4, 2013
I believe I can make out dark sports on this nymph so I think it's Metcalfa pruinosa. Confirmation would be appreciated

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 Flatid Planthopper nymph - Flatormenis proxima Flatid Planthopper nymph - Flatormenis proxima

Size & Spot!
Paul, I filmed an adult hopper, in this genus today and I was wondering if you know what the textile is, in the background of your images. Anyway, that stitch pattern should have a standard width and should give you a decent scale to size this nymph. Maybe you already knew this. I like the shots! Do you know or can you try to explain the big red dot? Do you think that it is a parasite? Thanks

Size and Spot
That's the sweep net the hopper is on and we have used it and the threads on our bug sheets to determine size. The red dot is a mite that we find on a lot of the hoppers, especially the nymphs. Paul

Sweet sweep!
Paul, I was assuming those things and I wanted to know for sure. Now you have confirmed my logic and I'm satisfied, but to help other viewers, I must ask you to please tell us the exact size of the stitch or just label the image for everyone, if you can. Also, I'm just starting to ID bugs like this and it wasn't clear [to me] that these images are of a parasite. That was my best guess though. As you must know; some nymphs have brightly colored dots or other strange looking patterns and I'm still learning about the details of what is what. Thanks for responding to my question!

That net is long gone. The nymphs are extremely small , maybe .5 mm. That photo is over two years old and several of us have come a long way with Hemiptera since then . We are currently finalizing the NC State Parks Hemiptera Site which you can access @



Flatormenis proxima
formerly Anormenis chloris

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