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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.


Sharp-planthopper-UID-04-30-2017

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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[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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