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Broad-headed Sharpshooter

Broad-headed Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona) - Suburban New Jersey, 25 miles west of "The City" (NYC)


I first saw this leaf hopper on one of the yuccas plants I place outside next to my pond every summer, made a few less than optimal captures, and figured I'd have better light the next day, but then when I went looking for it the next day it was gone.

But I wasn't about to give up on it just yet, and when I looked for it again today,

there it was in some nice subdued light!


Click on the following link to see a sharpshooter in action!

Note: Don't forget to hit the little geary thing and set the quailty to 1080p HD.

Viewing full screen will also allow a better look at his "gun"

in the cropped detail of the last 30 seconds.

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Taken on August 11, 2012