Nymph Loads

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Nymph Loads

Michelle Alton 6/17/2010 1:37:39 AM

Like the Jeopardy category, "Stupid Answers," but this image is unbelievable! How you continually find and photograph the most extraordinary bugs is beyond comprehension! Fantastic! #1279546

Jack Gaskin 6/17/2010 3:27:05 AM

Very colorful little bugs w/the two spike type horns.

Happy Shooting
Jack #8700179

Dominick M. Dimacale 6/17/2010 4:24:15 AM

Amazing image and details here, Bob.

Dominick #8700281

Gina Cormier 6/17/2010 6:01:44 AM

WOW!!!!!! #8700409

David M. Montero 6/17/2010 8:26:10 AM

Isnít it fascinating how nature evolves!? These bugs are very cool. They look like the shields of some African warrior. Great find - great shot. Well done Bob. #8700858

JudyAnn Rector 6/17/2010 12:30:16 PM

Wow, Bob... great macro work and educational too as I have never seen these little beauties before! #8701232

Bob Cammarata 6/17/2010 2:35:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your nice comments.

This month's theme of Unusual Shapes prompted me to search into my archives for this image...which I think surely fits the bill.

I happened upon this colorful cluster of nymphs a few years ago in a secluded stretch of woods in Frederick County, Maryland. At first glance, I was amazed and intrigued since I'd never seen them before. Later through research...and with a little help from the folks at Bugguide, I learned more about these fascinating little creatures.
As luck would have it, when I returned to the area a week later the group was still there. Some had even emerged from their larval shell into adults.
If you are interested, you can see a close-up of one of the nymphs and a recently emerged adult treehopper Here


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Oak Treehopper Nymphs (Platycotis vittata) cluster in large groups on the stems and branches of (...you guessed it) oak trees.
These tiny relatives to the cicada will eventually mutate into adults, mate, then deposit their eggs into the tree stems to start the cycle again.

Micro-Nikkor 105 mm, PB-4 Bellows, Provia 100

Exif: Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 4000 ED

Uploaded on 6/17/2010 1:22:56 AM

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Camera: Nikon FE SLR Camera

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