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Interesting bug [Apr. 30th, 2017|11:51 pm]
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This afternoon I saw a treehopper (or some kind of hopper) on the kitchen window screen, so went outside to photograph it.


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The wind was very blustery (why it was clinging to the screen on the window, I'm sure), hard enough to affect my steadiness, so this isn't quite as crisp as I'd like.   But it's a pretty little bug with two little "horns" on the head and that lovely mottled color.   We had a spectacular "hopper"  on a bush in the schoolyard when I was in 4th and 5th grade: metallic green with a sort of spine on its back that was red on the tip.  We used to grab them by the "spine" and they'd release a stream of liquid that (being kids) we were sure was urine.  They were all over that particular bush--never saw them elsewhere--and nobody seemed to know what the bush was.  It was destroyed to build a gymnasium in that space.

At any rate, this little guy was halfway up the kitchen window (small window over the sink) and I was standing at ground level below--it was above my eye line and this was the best picture I could get.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-05-11 01:28 pm (UTC)

Treehopper

HI - so I had to look up treehopper online - wow - so many insects in our world but most of us are completely ignorant of their very existence.

Also - are the crayfish edible?

Jonathan up in NH>
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-06-07 05:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Treehopper

See later comment by me--it's not a treehopper. It's a moth. How could I make such a mistake? Easily, apparently. Aaron Hunt at BugGuide.net IDed this for me, so fast that I'm sure he's a full-on expert on tube moths and probably other obscure* moths as well. *obscure to me

Crayfish are indeed edible but ours are a) too small to be worth catching and b) too valuable for their ecological functions on our place to eat...until we have "too many" for the carrying capacity at which time "crawfish etouffe here we come" will occur. I'm very fond of both gumbo and etouffe that includes crayfish/crawfish/crawdads. I wish we had the species I saw once in South Texas in an irrigation lateral canal--that thing was full-on lobster size. I'd never seen anything like it BUT a lobster leftover from a wealthy family's dinner. I thought some idiot had thrown away a lobster...and then a startled it and it moved. If I'd had a net I could have gotten it and taken it home.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-06-07 05:48 pm (UTC)

NOT a Planthopper

It's a moth. Yeah, I didn't see a moth in that thing either. It's a tube moth, because at an earlier stage of life it lives underground in a tube-like burrow. It's in the genus _Acrolophus_. ID thanks to Aaron Hunt at BugGuide.net

My new rule for anything I think may be planthopper will be "first take the picture, then prod it to make it fly." The pinned specimens of this moth look NOTHING like this, because they're pinned with the wings spread out. At which point "moth" becomes obvious.
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