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      07-06-2005
Looks like some sort of Cicada to me.

 
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      07-06-2005
Show off! <BG> Nice shots.


 
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      07-06-2005


http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) wrote:
> Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45142779
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45145818
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45149797
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> Thx,
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> Ben


When I was a kid I used to have fantasies of riding inside of those
bugs like they were some giant robots - I imagined a control room
somewhere in the head or chest and I thought it was awesome that they
had extensive body armor. The thought of being swallowed up whole, my
vehicle and I, by some other creature never occured to me.

Everytime I see a bug I am reminded again, and from the science news
lately it seems many have had the same exact fantasy, as much of
research in robotics nowadays suggests the use of bugs as inspiration
for futuristic vehicle design.

I want one with the agility of a hunting spider that, though only a few
millimeters in size, would leap nearly a meter or more to capture a fly
in the blink of an eye. I know that because I watched one as a kid and
it startled me - a most amazing thing to see. I don't know if it wove a
web, but with such accuracy I would guess it never needed one.

 
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      07-06-2005
Is it a "Photoshop Cicada"? ;o)


(E-Mail Removed) wrote:
> Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45142779
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45145818
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> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45149797
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> Thx,
>
> Ben


 
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      07-06-2005

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> Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:


Looks like a "Vivid Moth" to me.

Nice shots.


 
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      07-07-2005


Dave R knows who wrote:
> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> > Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:

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> Looks like a "Vivid Moth" to me.
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> Nice shots.


That's all I could think to call it! I am trying to put names with
faces, STS, of the insect shots, and I have had very little luck with
this guy so far. Thanks for the kind words...

Ben

 
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      07-07-2005
On 6 Jul 2005 13:55:45 -0700, (E-Mail Removed) wrote:

>Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:
>
>http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45142779
>
>http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45145818
>
>http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45149797
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>Thx,
>
>Ben


That would be Oncometopia nigricans - a sharpshooter. It's in the same
family as leafhoppers.



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Keith Sheppard
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      07-07-2005
>>Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:

As a software developer, I leapt on this thread title hoping to help - then
found it's the wrong sort of bug

Not my field, sorry.

Keith




 
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Malcolm Manners
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      07-08-2005
(E-Mail Removed) wrote:
> Trying to find out what kind of moth/fly/grasshopper this is:
>
> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45142779
>
> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45145818
>
> http://www.pbase.com/sirchandestroy/image/45149797
>
> Thx,
>
> Ben
>


It's a sharpshooter, likely in the genus Oncometopia. An odd bunch of
insects, in that they feed exclusively on xylem sap, which contains
hardly any nutrient value. Therefore they drink many times their own
volume every day, excreting most of the water from the sap. If you
stand under a tree full of them, it can be "raining" under the tree but
nowhere else. Quite odd.

In Florida (where I'm located), they're common on magnolia, citrus,
roses, grapes, and many other trees and shrubs.
 
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