BugTracks

Today Andy Hamilton of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been busily working through photos of leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and related insects on BugGuide.net and leaving comments with identifications (100+ comments today as of this writing).  One of these was to confirm that the nymph in the first photo below is a very young Coelidia olitoria as I had suspected (“probably the longer head is a consequence of its being so very young,” he added).  When I went to file my photos accordingly, I was struck by the variety of forms this species takes, and I thought it would be fun to make a little anthology of my pictures of this species, so here goes.

Interestingly, those first three were taken in three successive days, each one in a different state, and each (I think) representing a successive instar.  This next one was taken the same day and place as the last one…

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