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New Buffalo for Ram


New Buffalo for Ram
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-12 4:55
Viewed: 1655
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today propose again a picture of this little bug, and I dedicate it to Ramtakhur who had rightly complained about the difficulty of understanding the features in my previous post.

Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder:Auchenorrhyncha
Family: Membracida
Subfamily:Membracinae
Genus: Stictocephala
Species:S. bisonia

The buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala bisonia) is a species of treehopper native to North America. It is also sometimes classified as Ceresa bisonia.
Buffalo treehoppers are a bright green color and have a somewhat triangular shape that helps camouflage them so as to resemble thorns or a twiggy protuberance.It gets its name from the vague resemblance of its profile to that of an American bison.They grow to 6 to 8 millimeters (0.24 to 0.31 in) long and have transparent wings.
S. bisonia mates during the summer months.Males attract females with a song that, unlike similar songs used by cicada and crickets, are outside the sonic range audible to humans.Females lay eggs from July to October using a blade-like ovipositor.Up to a dozen eggs are laid in each slit made by the female.
Nymphs emerge from the eggs the following May or June.The nymphs, which resemble wingless adults, but have a more spiny appearance, descend from the trees where they hatched to feed on grasses, weeds, and other nonwoody plants.
They molt several times in the following month and a half until they have reached adulthood.Then they return to the trees to continue their life cycle.
Both adult and immature buffalo treehoppers feed upon sap using specialized mouthparts suited for this purpose.Black locust, clover, elm, goldenrod, and willow are among their favorite food sources.It is also an occasional pest of fruit trees and is harmful to young orchard trees, especially apple trees.It has become an invasive species in some parts of Europe.

CICADELLA BUFALO

Oggi ripropongo una foto di questo piccolo insetto,e la dedico a Ramtakhur che si era giustamente lamentato per la difficoltà di comprenderne le caratteristiche nel mio precedente post.

La cicadella bufalo (Stictocephala bisonia Kopp e Yonke, 1977) è un insetto rincote della famiglia Membracidae originario del Nord America. Il nome deriva dalla sua forma che ricorda un bisonte americano, data dal pronoto triangolare con la parte basale espansa verso il capo. Le sue punture di nutrizione possono causare danni alla vite, gravi soprattutto sulle piantine in vivaio.
È stata a lungo indicata con il nome di Ceresa bubalus, membracide diffuso nell'America centrale ma mai giunto in Europa. L'equivoco è stato chiarito a seguito di una revisione sistematica nel 1977.
L'adulto misura 8-10 mm di lunghezza ed è di colore verde – ocraceo. Sul pronoto sono presenti due processi appuntiti sui lati ed una aguzza prominenza carenata centrale volta all'indietro. Le ninfe sono simili agli adulti, di colore verde ma sono sprovviste di ali.
È un insetto di origine nordamericana, ormai diffusa in tutta l'Europa meridionale. In Italia è diffuso specialmente nelle regioni settentrionali.
Stictocephala bisonia sverna come uovo nei tessuti corticali dei rametti della vite e di altre piante arboree ed arbustive (fruttiferi, biancospino, salice, pioppo, frassino, noce). In primavera, verso aprile–maggio, le neanidi si lasciano cadere al suolo e migrano verso le foglie di piante spontanee (in particolare fabacee come medica e trifoglio) dove si nutrono succhiando la linfa floematica e dove compiono molte mute. La maturità viene raggiunta in 6-8 settimane circa; verso il mese di luglio compaiono quindi gli adulti che si spostano sulla vite ed esercitano l'attività trofica sui tralci, sul picciolo delle foglie e sul rachide del grappolo. I maschi attraggono le femmine producendo un suono non udibile dagli esseri umani. Verso la fine dell'estate e fino all'autunno le femmine praticano delle incisioni sulla corteccia della vite o delle altre piante ospiti tramite il robusto ovopositore e depongono 6-12 uova; ogni femmina può deporre da 100 a 200 uova complessivamente. Le incisioni, lunghe 3-4 mm sono generalmente disposte a coppie parallele rispetto all'asse del rametto. La cicadella bufalo compie una sola generazione annua.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-09-12 6:17]

Bonjour Luciano,
Tout simplement parfait!
Bravo pour cette superbe image et qui n'est pas facile à réaliser.
Amicalement
Anne

Ciao Luciano, gran bella macro di questoo strano coso, fantastici dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano- Another beautiful picture of Buffalo Treehopper. Nice composition with well visible details and sharpness. Nice BG too. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-09-12 7:11]

Hello Luciano,
What a strange bug! It looks more like a little monster than a buffalo.
Fantastic quality in all aspects.
Regards,
Peter

Ciao Luciano

Perfect image of this very small treehopper, it is really difficult to achieve a so clear image on a so small insect, excellent clarity, fine details, beautiful colors, very nice composition, nice light green BG too. Have a nice WE.

Rgds

Nikos

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-09-12 8:17]

Bonjour Luciano,

Superbe capture de cette insect, les détails et la couleur sont magnifique.
Belle présentation et cadrage parfait, du très bon travail mes compliments.
Merci pour le partage.
Un excellent week end.
John vantighem

Hello Luciano,
What a fantastic image! The DOF is impressive as all that is required is there. And what an interesting little bug with which I am unfamiliar. I can imagine that the camouflage must be very effective. Well done.
Neels

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-09-12 10:14]

Hello Luciano,
great capture interesing bug,yet I have not had the opportunity to encounter this species.regards..

hallo Luciano
SUPER-super good picture
great details and good composition
the colours and light are beautiful to
\thanks gr lou

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-09-12 12:29]

Salut Luciano;
Il est difficile de ne pas partager le juste commentaire d'Anne; .. c'est effectivement une prise de très haute qualité tant sur le plan technique que sur le plan artistique; .. les details sont à se mordre les doigts et l'expo est irreprochable; .. en un mot "superb !"

amitiés,

nuri :)

Hello Luciano

Superbly focused, great macro of this insect,
being famed diagonally in the image it gives
dynamism to the photo, TFS

Asbed

Masterpiece of a macro and thanks for dedicating it to me, Luciano.
Even the minutest detail in this picture is razor sharp. The overall green tone of the image soothes the eyes.
I also like the very interesting perch you have shot the insect on.
Thanks and regards.
Ram

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-09-12 19:15]

Hola Luciano, que hermoso macro de este exítico insecto diminuto, me encanta el contrste de todos los verdes, la percha, la composición y el fondo espectacular...saludos.

Salam Luciano,


This is really a wonderful insect that i see in my life,

very well taken and very Thanks!


** Dio sia con Te caro amico, **

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-09-13 2:28]

Splendid capture. Very unusual creature…

Have a pleasant weekend, Luciano,

Ishi

Hello Luciano,
What a luck to catch such a interesting specimen of insect. Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. The colors and contrast of this image are amazing....
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

GUauuuuuu!!! Que extraño insecto y que hermosa composición, amigo. Gran luz y brillo para esta maravillosa macro. Felicitaciones!

Hernán

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-09-15 10:32]

Hi Luciano,
A very nice close-up of this insect. Perfect composition and again fantastic sharpness details.
Amazing natural colors
Regards Jiri.

Bruttarello ma simpatico. Qualità impressionante. Brillante monocolore.

Roberto

Hello Luciano,
An outstanding capture,lovely colours scheme,great details and very well composed.
Best regards...Joy

Hello Luciano,
Perfect fit to the color of the insect and the environment. Nice diagonal composition.
Regards
Lucja

Hello Luciano
Super shot. Great sharpness and different green tones I love.
In my area I have not seen this species. Thanks for the wealth of information.

Pretty cool close up of this really unique looking insect. Aperture is a very nice selection and isolates the subject with no distractions. Well done Luciano. :)

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