Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A weird-looking new bug

upright-winged hopper
When I came across this funny looking little bug, looking down on it's fat bottom, I thought it was a spider trying to hide from me. I didn't have my glasses, so I couldn't really see it very well.

upright-winged hopper
I had to rely on my camera to focus where my eyes could not. Viewing the image on the screen of my camera, I was still mystified. What's with those wings? Surely it can't actually fly. I tried to maneuver the bug a little bit, but it jumped away.

So once I got home, it took me surprisingly little time to find a name for this guy.
It's an upright-winged hopper, genus Danepteryx. A hemitpteran (true bug). A plant sap-sucker.  And a native Californian.
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