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Flatid Planthoppers 50D0005887 by Cristian-M Flatid Planthoppers 50D0005887 by Cristian-M
Flatid Planthoppers (genus Anormenis), in the Boyce Park, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Insects in the infraorder Fulgoromorpha within the Hemiptera order are commonly called planthoppers. Distributed worldwide, all members of this group are plant-feeders. The infraorder contains only a single superfamily, Fulgoroidea. Fulgoroids are most reliably distinguished from the other members of the classical "Homoptera" by two features; the bifurcate ("Y"-shaped) anal vein in the forewing, and the thickened, three-segmented antennae, with a generally round or egg-shaped second segment (pedicel) that bears a fine filamentous arista.

Nymphs of many Flatids secrete a filamentous wax from the time they hatch. The filaments are extruded from glandular tissue at the tip of the abdomen, and may provide protection from predators and prevent desiccation. Nymphs of the planthopper Ormenaria rufifascia create effective barriers to ants and larva of Coccinellid beetles by wiping their wax onto the plants they inhabit; predators which come in contact with the wax are contaminated, and consequently compelled to engage in extensive preening to rid themselves of the substance. Meanwhile, adults and nymphs escape by leaping away.

When hopping, Flatid planthoppers make use of spines on their hind legs to provide purchase necessary for takeoff. The spines on the tibiae are one characteristic of the Flatidae. Planthoppers expend considerable energy in the leaps. Even a medium sized nymph (<5mm) can jump a distance of 30 centimeters or more. The waxy coating also protects the insects from being caught in spider webs or puddles; they don't stick to spider webs and they float quite well and can swim to safety.

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shortfingerzzz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
PERFECT!
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Calander Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
How amazing is this! Your focus and lighting is superb, you must have a good eye to spot such a find. great job!
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anubis281 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
what an awesome shot! :heart:
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Cool shot, I like how they're all lined up :D
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tablelander Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
seen a lot like that in dence rainforest here in Tropical north queensland, australia
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
that's cool, all lined up like that. well captured. ;)
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farcry77 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This work is featured here [link]
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Thanks for the feature! I mentioned your journal in the image's description. :)
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farcry77 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great. Its my pleasure.
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome capture
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welder Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Very cool!
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Flickertail Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photo!
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makebelief Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
wonderful photo and lovely colors
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AbsoluteVacuum Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Featured :snowflake: :heart: [link] :snowflake:
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Thanks for the double feature! :hug:
I mentioned your journal in each of the images' description. :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Wonderful shot and fascinating info! I enjoy finding out interesting things about the creatures I see...
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Nevluk Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Oooh...Itīs a very beautiful photo! :heart:
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010   Photographer
What an absolutely fantastic capture!
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starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Photographer
Great composition and detail! :) I like the contrasts!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot, Cristian! :clap::clap::clap:
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photodestination Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Wonderful! you're the great.:clap:
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sinanTR Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
what a good catch :faint:
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thehurricanes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Great shot! Awww they are so cute! I love leafhoppers. I like how their wings look like leaves.
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Aaaw, they're so cuute! C:
I thought they were leaves before I read the title... ^-^;
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FriendlyButterfly Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful photo!
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sweetpainter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
fantastic :)
one in a million :)
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Flunipam Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Great, it funny how they just line up like that! :D Nice catch!
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, are planthoppers much larger than leafhoppers?
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
No, they are about the same size (about 1/4 inch).
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Christian!
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, how adorable! :iconawwplz:
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spacepilot7 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. How do you encourage them to line up like that? ;)
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
I didn't encourage them to line up, this is how they're usually sitting on plants.
I was just careful not to scare them... :)
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binaryriot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
They look a bit like small chameleons :)
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Unbelievable shot!:wow:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful image1
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Elessar777 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Pretty work...
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