Reader Mike McDowell introduces himself and send some swell photos from two groups of insects I love. They include some of the most bizarre-looking creatures on Earth.
I’m a nature photographer, field trip leader, citizen scientist, and regular reader of your blog [JAC: He’s a n00b so I’ll forgive him that].
My primary subjects are birds (I’m a birder), but I also enjoy macro photography of insects and wildflowers. I thought your readers might get a kick out of the hopper photography I’ve been doing this summer. Here are some examples you are welcome to publish on your blog:
Gear: Nikon 1 V1 & Tamron 60mm 1:1 Macro Lens
I’m fairly confident on the ID of these, but feel free to correct me if I’ve made an error.
Mike has his own website and photo gallery (“Digiscoping”), both of which you can see here.
Today we have leafhoppers, members of the family Cicadellidae in the insect order Hemiptera (“true bugs”), and treehoppers, in the closely related family Membracidae. Click all photos to enlarge (twice to make them huge):
Red-banded Leafhopper – Graphocephala coccinea:
Citrus flatid Planthopper – Metcalfa pruinosa:
Buffalo Treehopper – Stictocephala bisonia:
Treehopper – Telamona decorata:
Two-horned Treehopper – Ceresa diceros [JAC: check out the pattern in the eye]:
Treehopper – Archasia auriculata: