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These treehoppers, Entylia carinata have been feeding on my Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) all summer, attended by what I believe are Black Carpenter Ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus. They keep to the underside of the leaves, and if you flip the leaf over, the ants rove onto your hand, sometimes stinging. The hoppers are all adults now, and I brought some leaves inside on a stable surface for detail shots. The ants, unfortunately, run off. The hoppers don't like the exposure either, and begin to move after a bit. As they warmed up, they would walk, then hop, and sometimes fly.

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  1. cotinis 67 months ago | reply

    Earlier in the summer--ants in close attendance:

  2. LEANDRO N LUIZ 67 months ago | reply

    Muito legal...
    Macro rica em detalhes....

  3. zxgirl 67 months ago | reply

    Great shot! I love these strange little guys and their strange little nymphs - I only found them this year, but now I know where to go looking next year, on ragweed.

  4. Martin Brown :-) 67 months ago | reply

    Fantastic - they remind me of some close ups of seeds that I've seen. Do the ants ever pick them up?

  5. Zunzuncito 67 months ago | reply

    This is super cool, Pat.

  6. cotinis 67 months ago | reply

    Macromaniac--I have never seen the ants pick up the bugs. They just hover around nervously, occasionally coming up to the vent for a tasty, sugary drop. I have not quite got a photo of this--maybe next year.

    And thanks, everyone!

  7. kestrel360 67 months ago | reply

    Beautiful 'hopper! Looks like it had a late night out, due to the bloodshot eyeballs...

  8. Dave&Dee&Don, 67 months ago | reply

    Excellant shot. I found them on Black Locust sprouts. Your shots are so-o much better than mine were.

  9. sanddodger 67 months ago | reply

    Great shot. Nature's variety knows no bounds. Love it.

  10. e_monk 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Stuff With Six Legs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  11. Pangkin 65 months ago | reply

    Very good capture, nice details!

  12. lika2009 (in the U.S.A.) 64 months ago | reply

    Great macro photo! Amazing details! Last summer I found treehoppers on back of joe-pye weed's leaves. They are really interesting.
    Hidden Ranch under the leaves...

  13. cotinis 64 months ago | reply

    lika2009: I believe those are exactly the same type of treehoppers--they seem to like several members of the aster family.

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