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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-30 6:52
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today an upload of a small insect,it was about 6 to 8mm long,I guess it is a kind of Cicada of which I have seen quite a lot of pictures on TN,but as I saw this insect and was able to photograph it for the first time,I was wondering someone could confirm its ID,hope you like it and have a pleasant weekend.

Thanks to Ivan I managed to get an ID of this small insect,the Treehopper

Treehoppers and thorn bugs are members of the family Membracidae, a group of insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers. There are about 3200 species of treehoppers, in over 600 genera. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, although there are only three species in Europe. They are best known for their enlarged and ornate pronotum, which most often resembles thorns, apparently to aid camouflage. They pierce plant stems with their beaks, and feed upon sap. Excess sap becomes concentrated as honeydew, which often attracts ants. Some species have a well developed ant mutualism, and these species are normally gregarious as well, which attracts more ants. The ants provide protection from predators. Eggs are laid in slits cut into the cambium or live tissue of stems, by the female with her saw-like ovipositor, though some species lay eggs on top of leaves or stems. The eggs may be parasitised by wasps, such as those of Mymaridae and Trichogrammatidae. The females of some membracid species sit over their eggs to protect them from predators and parasites, and may buzz their wings at the intruder. The females of some gregarious species work together to protect each others' eggs. In at least one species, Publilia modesta, mothers serve to attract ants when nymphs are too small to produce much honeydew.

Like the adults, the nymphs also feed upon sap, and unlike adults, have an extensible anal tube that appears designed to deposit honeydew away from their body. The tube appears to be longer in solitary species that are rarely ant attended. It is important for sap feeding bugs to dispose of honeydew, as otherwise it can become infected with sooty mould. Indeed, there is evidence that one of the benefits of ants for individuals of the species Publilia concava is that ants remove the honeydew and reduce such growth. The immatures can frequently be found on herbaceous shrubs and grasses whereas the adults more often frequent hardwood tree species.

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Hi Paul,
From the leafhopper family? A nymph?
Could be wrong, but it looks like a baby "sharpshooter" we have here in the garden...
Great job on this very little guy :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-30 8:11]
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Hello Paul,
I think this is a Tree-hopper (Membracidae). There is only one species in Sweden and you have made a fine macro capture of it with good sharpness and detail and from a great POV that shows the dorsal horn.
TFS this fine contribution to TN,
Regards, Ivan

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-30 8:33]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful macro shot.POV,sharpness,exposure and simple BG are excellent.Sorry for the ID:(
Thanks for posting.

Hello Paul,
Very good shot!Nice pose and colors.
Beautiful details.TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-05-30 9:22]

Hello Paul,
you show an admirable picture of this small cicada. It is Centrotus cornutus from the family Membracidae.
You achieved impressive sharpness of this highly magnified insect.
Furthermore, the picture is well-composed and shows plesant colours. Light is nicely balanced.
Best wishes, Peter

Hola paul, excelente macro, con buena nitidez, luz y color. La diagonal hace muy atractiva la composición. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-30 10:25]

Hi Paul. A nice close up of the Insect. which you have with fine detail and colour. a nice POV/DOF . You have used the light so well TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

very nice macro, great detail and sharpness

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