Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A weird-looking new bug
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.
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.