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Tiny Cicada's Friend

Tiny Cicada's Friend
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Raynox DCR-250
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 10:15
Viewed: 4480
Points: 24
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Rain all day. Summer is only distatnt dream. No chance for walk with cam... I hope sunny weather will be back again! Time for searching my archives for forgotten photos from past years.

Today I found this tiny leafhopper. It had only few milimeters but with help of Raynox it looks gigantic now.

Leafhopper is a common name applied to any species from the family Cicadellidae. Leafhoppers, also known as hoppers, are minute plant-feeding insects in the superfamily Membracoidea in the order Hemiptera. Recent classification within the Hemiptera has placed the members of the archaic "Homoptera" into two new suborders: Sternorrhyncha (aphids, whiteflies, scales, psyllids...) and Auchenorrhyncha (cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers...). The name Auchenorrhyncha is itself likely to be replaced, as research indicates it is not a monophyletic group.

Leafhoppers are found all over the world, and it is the second largest family in the Hemiptera; there are at least 20,000 described species. Leafhoppers have piercing sucking mouthparts, they feed on plant sap and can transmit plant-infecting viruses and bacteria. Species that are significant agricultural pests include the potato leafhopper, beet leafhopper, white apple leafhopper, two-spotted leafhopper, and glassy-winged sharpshooter. A Leafhoppers' diet commonly consists of plant sap from a wide and diverse range of plants. Leafhoppers mainly consume vegetation but have been known to indulge in small insects such as Aphids.

The Cicadellidae combine the following features:

* thickened part of the antennae very short and ending with a bristle (arista)
* two simple eyes (ocelli) present on the top or front of the head
* tarsi made of three segments
* front femora with at most weak spines
* hind tibia with one or more distinct keels, with a row of movable spines on each, sometimes on enlarged bases
* base of middle legs close together where they originate under the thorax
* front wings not particularly thickened. An additional, unique character of leafhoppers is the production of brochosomes which are thought to protect egg masses from predation and pathogens. Leafhoppers are susceptible to various pathogens; viruses as in the(Dicistroviridae), bacteria, fungi, as well as having a host of parasitoids which attack the eggs.

Leafhoppers are often responsible for the spread of plant pathogens especially viruses and phytoplasmas. In some cases these plant pathogens are also pathogens of the insect themselves, and can replicate within the salivary glands.

Seabird, nglen, iris, SelenE, boreocypriensis, siggi, eqshannon, jrobertop, cedryk, cataclysta, haraprasan, cicindela, phlr has marked this note useful
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HI, Grzegorz,

great capture with very attractive colours and details!! tfs.

Man Yee

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-20 10:22]

Hi Greg. Sorry about the bad weather you have had today. it maybe better on sunday, It Some tmes pays to look back at your pictures when you can find ones like this. Your Raynox has worked well in this picture, given good deatil an natural colours. With a good DOF/POV. Well done TFS. Interesting notes too

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-20 10:35]

Hi Greg,
I do think i have seen something like this,a leaf hopper, it was a very tiny one and i thought it to be a nymph, also it was tad more colourful.
Like the colour tones and the details in texture presented here.This must have been quite a sunny day.
TFS & Cheers.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-20 10:51]

Znakomite makro, szczegoly sa znakomitej ostrosci.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-20 11:14]

Hello Grzegorz,
nice details considering the size of the insect.
Light was obviously difficult,
in particular with respect to the more or less uniform colouration of the leafhopper.
However, you achieved an admirable result showing even the underside of the insect very clearly and differentiated.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-20 12:54]

Hi Greg,
Same here all day...
I know how small they are and how hard it is to photograph them. You managed it very well. Lighting, details, POV and composition look so nice. TFS
Wish you sunny days :o)

Hi friend Greg,
A marvelous macro shot of this strange -at leasst for me:)- resembling cicadellids in front body part with great sharpnes and details. Excellent POV and composition too. Notes are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing this fine image.
Have a nice Sunday!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-20 13:10]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Przepiekna ostrosc i detale w doskonalych naturalnych kolorach.Tlo jak zwykle doskonale rozmyte.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Great use of lighting. always nice to have superb archives...With snowy weather almost upon us...well first autumn...unm...do you do autumn?:-)These creatures you picture here are definitely summer insects...and some can be sort of noisy as well...We had them in Ohio, but none in the wilderness..thanks for the reminder!

Hello Greg.
A great macro image!
Fine colors, texture and details.
Excellent sharpness and luminosity.
Congratulations for more a wonderful work photographic!
Josť Roberto

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-20 19:04]

Swietna fotka tego malego owada - rewelacyjna glebia ostrosci. U mnie na monitorze jest troche jasny, ale to moze kwestia ustawien.

Czesc Grzesiu
Piekny maly stworek Power of Raynox and Power of Lodz ;-) Fotka bardzo misie podoba, fajna lekko zlotawa kolorystyka, ladne tlow Wszystko super.
PS Fajny pomysl z tym Power of Lodz ;-)

Hi Greg,
A nice captured closeup of this beautiful leafhopper. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Niezle, niezle! Takie male a takie ostre! Swietna fotka Grzesiu! Az sie chce patrzec :)
Szkoda tylko, ze w takich juz mocno jesiennych barwach ;)

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