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|Found this guy on a Hibiscus plant busy feeding on the plant sap... |
By the features i guessed it to be a Cicada Nymph... I was WRONG... Learnt it was a Jassid Nymph or a Leafhopper, Thanks to Dnyaneshwar sir...
Length: 6 - 8mm, Jumps like a Flea when disturbed, moves like an ant but using only 4 legs while dragging their hind legs everywhere while walking, keeping them loaded like a spring for quick jumps, sways sidewards like a Praying Mantis.
Jumps to a distance of not more than 1 feet.
After much observation i realized these guys were found only on Hibiscus plants. :-)
Wikipedia: Leafhoppers have piercing-sucking mouthparts, enabling them to feed on plant sap. A leafhoppers' diet commonly consists of sap from a wide and diverse range of plants, but some are more host-specific. Leafhoppers mainly are herbivores but some are known to eat smaller insects such as aphids on occasion.
Expert's opinions requested... :-)
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- [2010-09-01 7:45]
Very interesting find and curious to know about this species, a nymph, wonderful. tfs.
Vaya una imagen más buena que has conseguido, perfecta nitidez, contrastes y colores soberbios. Realmente una foto muy buena. Felicidades.
PD. He estado viendo la colección de imagenes que tienes y las encuentro todas fantasticas.
Un saludo de Antonio
Beautiful image with nice sharpness,
colors and framing.
Fine macro image of the nymph, colourful too.tfs.