05.31.2021 Macro Monday the second

On the 21st, while photographing the Painted Trilliums I have recently shared, I noticed this little bug on one petal.  I sort of identified it, or maybe entirely, as an Evacanthus leafhopper larva.  The doubt comes from whether that is the end of the identification tree or whether someone on BugGuide will take it further…there are four species in the genus but I have no idea what it takes to go beyond.

As a bonus this offers a nice detailed look at the reproductive organs of the flower.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 05.31.2021 Macro Monday the second

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Amazing macro, Steve, love the detail of anthers and pink splash.

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  2. You got excellent clarity in those stamens and pistils.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    If you had not mentioned the tiny bug I would not have noticed it.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    When I first saw this, I assumed the insect was some sort of thrip. The tiny ones can be hard to identify, for sure, but I don’t think thrips have those teeny-tiny antennae. The view of the flower itself is especially nice.

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  5. Just a beautiful closeup of the flower – and, yes, cool with the bug you captured as well.

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    • Thanks, Otto! Sometimes I wait for some little fly or bug to leave but in this case was very happy that it stuck around for a few frames. Over time I have learned that a perfectly “clean” image, for a portrait or otherwise, isn’t always for the best.

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  6. Dave Ply says:

    Nice that the little critter stuck around so you could include him. I think I got something similar once, but it didn’t stick around and I didn’t get a very good shot. You’ve outdone me once again. 😉

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  7. Beautiful macro, and a bug friend for the same price!

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  8. Very nice Steve! I also likes the little bug on the petal!

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