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Ledra Aurita Nymph

Ledra Aurita Nymph
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birch inhabitants and visitors, Cicadellidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 5:07
Viewed: 4878
Points: 24
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Ledra aurita, nymph, on birch bark
Family: cicadellidae

English name: Horned Leaf Hopper
Dutch name: Schorscicade or oorcicade
French name: Grand diable

Ledra aurita is an example of a cicada which is so well hidden, especially on the stem of an oak, that it is very hard to find. It is not very small though, but the colouring and the fact that it is extremely flat, do the trick. Adult, it is the largest cicada in Western Europe, reaching a length of some 15mm. (source: gardensafari.net)

This leafhopper favours oak woodland and feeds on lichen. Brown, winged adult has thoracic projections.

I was very lucky to find it on the birch bark with a good contrast (that was the second times that happened, the first time I missed the picture as I did not know what it was), but I have not been able to see an adult yet.

cicindela, Luis52, Amadeo, jpdenk, zulfu, Argus, boreocypriensis, uleko, Adanac, bahadir has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Luis52: Thank you Luismariki 1 10-24 09:11
To lousat: Merci Luciano,mariki 1 10-24 09:07
To cicindela: Thank you Radomirmariki 1 10-24 08:58
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Whata strange and original creature Marie! I saw a lot of different species from this family before, but this one is new for me :)
You done a very good educasional work, and even if quality of picture is not perfect, I am giving you with great pleasure 2 points for this unique and interesting entomological photo!
All the best and have a nice weekend!

Hola Marie.
Never see this bug before. Now I can learn more about this one. Nice work My friend.

Salut Marie,c'est pas parfaite comme les dernieres mais le suject est insolite et tres interessante,mes compliments pour l'identification de ces petits insects toujours tres difficile,mes compliment et bon fin de semaine,Luciano

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-24 10:29]

Hola Marie, un macro que le falta definiciˇn pero lo compensa en original y raro insecto. Buen documento.
Un saludo

Hi My friend Marie,
Great macro capture of this nymph of the horned leaf hopper with great details and sharpness. A great scientific document too.
TFS and greetings from Cyprus,


Hi Mariki,

Nice shot of this fascinating insect, you did well to catch it on a birch, as I would think they don't land on them often, otherwise they would be eaten into extinction.

What superb camouflage!


Ciao Mariki, poor quality,but very interesting capture, I never see before, thanks, again a good week end for you, ciao Silvio

Hi Mariki,
ne olduğunu pek anlayamadım ama nymph, olduğu išin bilimsel ÷nemi olmalı.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-10-28 8:14]

Hello Marie, wonderful capture of a rare creature. TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-28 10:09]

Hello Marie,
Excellent macro of a Lerdra aurita nymph taken from a fine dorsal POV with good sharpness and lighting on the contrasting birch bark.
This species, which I have not seen, is rare in Sweden: the adult has two ear-like projections on its back, which is why it is called aurita.
TFS this fine macro,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-29 12:44]

Hello Marie,
What a peculiar looking animal this is - a Leafhopper feeding on lichen! Very clever of you to find it! I wonder if you could have got a side view as well, although you say it was very flat. Its shape and pattern shows up very well here on the white bark. Well done!!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Mariki, wonderful documentary shot of this nymp stage. TFS and regards,

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