Saturday, July 19, 2008

Leafhopper (Tinobregmus viridescens)



Leafhopper (Tinobregmus viridescens)

A small (5/16" -- 6mm) and somewhat unusual-looking leafhopper. This T. viridescens was the first of its species submitted to BugGuide and was identified by Dr. Andrew Hamilton of the Canadian National Collection (CNC) of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes. Upon his request, I granted the CNC permission to add this photo to its digital collection.

Dr. Hamilton's comments on the characteristics of this species:

The hind legs are tucked up under the body, but they are so long that the "knee" joints extend as far forward as the eyes, and stick out way beyond the sides of the body. That is characteristic of this genus. Females like this (as in numerous grass-feeding genera) are short-winged.

That is everything I know about T. viridescens.
(Note: The leafhopper did not make the holes in this leaf. Leafhoppers (Family Cicadellidae), both adults and larvae, feed on plant sap.)








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6 comments:

Lana Gramlich said...

Now THAT just looks TOTALLY alien!

AphotoAday said...

Way to go Marvin -- getting your photo used by the Canadian National Collection... Great photo... 5/16 of an inch is pretty darned small -- from the photo I would have guessed that it was at least twice that size.

I've begun to look at bugs in a new light since discovering your blog... Maybe I won't be so careless as to squash the next one... --I take pretty good care of my household spiders though...

smilnsigh said...

Wow! Your photo was the first of this species, submitted to 'Bug Guide'! And it's being used by them, in its digital collection. Congratulations!

But... Just as I was going to *accuse* it of eating my flower's leaves ~ You say it didn't make those holes. -hahhh- Just when I thought I'd caught a culprit, 'red handed' too! ,-)

Btw, please go over and visit Mary Beth and look at the cool moth she got a pic of....at... Small City Scenes. And please tell her I sent you. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh
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Louise said...

I love this picture. Did you wait for it to be on the perfect leaf, of did it just happen? The leaf full of holes adds so much interest.

laughingwolf said...

dang! google ate my post! grrrrr

have never noticed that critter before, thx marvin :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Congrats on having your photo used in a scientific publication Marvin.

This bug looks like it was put together with left over parts from other bugs.