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The bold, playful style of Graphocephala coccinea, the candy-striped leafhopper, is all the rage this season:
I want a coat that looks like that. I don’t know when I’d wear it, but I still want one.
Alex: Did you CO2 the hopper in order to allow specimen placement, focusing, etc? What is the secret of sneaking up on hoppers?
That first photo is awesome, has been my iPhone background for a week now!
The secret here was attrition. I found about ten or so of these little guys on a bush, and I just sort of tried them one after the other until I found a relatively sedentary individual. As you can see the insect has its mouthparts plugged into a leaf vein, making it perhaps a little more reluctant to move.
After some consideration, I have decided to move Myrmecos back to its original location:
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