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Interesting bug [Apr. 30th, 2017|11:51 pm]
e_moon60
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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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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-06-30 07:29 am (UTC)
At first sight, I thought this was a moth, but then again, we get a lot of moths which look similar to this on our windows, though they are usually darker brown or grey, rather than this lovely orange-brown colour -- and they will periodically fan out and sit open-winged against the screen.

My PC was down for a month; just got back online this week and noticed you haven't posted for a while. I hope all is well.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-06-30 01:31 pm (UTC)
Your first sight was right--it IS a moth.

Thanks for your concern. It's been an exceedingly hectic couple of months, and still is--deadlines, too much work, plus new stuff to deal with. I will be fine when the current deadline has been met and I can get some serious sleep and recovery.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-07-04 10:56 am (UTC)
Take it easy (as much as you can).
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