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Leaf Footed Bug Nymph
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Sep 18, 2020 14:43:05   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
I walked the yard today looking in the vines and bushes for specimens and I found a cluster of Leaf Footed Bugs and Nymphs. I took pictures of them 'in the wild' and I brought one of the nymphs in for a focus stacking session at 5X magnification.

They belong to the family of True Bugs which defines them with a proboscis instead of typical chewing type mouthparts. They are medium to large sized insects with leaf-shaped plates located on the lower sections of both back legs which can be seen in the last picture of the adult that I took today. Although they feed on plants and fruit they are normally not viewed as destructive plant and crop pests. The adults like this one will most likely overwinter to appear again next spring.

Nymphs are elongated in shape with abdomens that come to a point toward the end. They often in bright colors like orange-red and with dark legs such as the one that I staged in the first image.


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Sep 19, 2020 07:52:42   #
RLSprouse Loc: Encinitas CA (near Sandy Eggo)
 
Great shots as always, and a very informative post. Thanks, sippy!

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Sep 19, 2020 08:21:00   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Very nice.

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Sep 19, 2020 09:04:52   #
docshark Loc: Long Neck, DE
 
This is a fine set Gary. Good narrative too. I enjoyed it as I do with all of your posts.
-Doc

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Sep 19, 2020 09:42:05   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
RLSprouse wrote:
Great shots as always, and a very informative post. Thanks, sippy!


Thanks ever so much.

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Sep 19, 2020 09:42:21   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
JRiepe wrote:
Very nice.


Thanks for viewing and the reply.

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Sep 19, 2020 09:49:35   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
docshark wrote:
This is a fine set Gary. Good narrative too. I enjoyed it as I do with all of your posts.
-Doc


Thanks, Doc. I was fortunate to find a cluster with both the adults and the nymphs together. It was like a 'family outing' of sorts.

Of course I make no claim to know anything about this wonderous new world other than what I read and study being curious by nature as a mechanical guy all my adult life. My understandings of the subjects I find are fundamental and in my excitement of discoveries I find through my lens I'm eager to share this little bit of info along with the images. At 72-years old and time to fill I'm like a child with a new toy.

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Sep 19, 2020 12:11:21   #
docshark Loc: Long Neck, DE
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
Thanks, Doc. I was fortunate to find a cluster with both the adults and the nymphs together. It was like a 'family outing' of sorts.

Of course I make no claim to know anything about this wonderous new world other than what I read and study being curious by nature as a mechanical guy all my adult life. My understandings of the subjects I find are fundamental and in my excitement of discoveries I find through my lens I'm eager to share this little bit of info along with the images. At 72-years old and time to fill I'm like a child with a new toy.
Thanks, Doc. I was fortunate to find a cluster wi... (show quote)


We are very much alike my friend. I knew very little when I started with odonates but with study, observing, and surrounding my self with people who are smarter than I am I’ve learned quite a bit. I too will be 72 in October. I belonged to 4 entomological groups before I left PA. I learned quite a bit there too. I share what I can with anyone interested. We’ve talked about that many times in past posts. I did have six presentations cancelled because of the quarantine and I’m not sure when they will be rescheduled. So we just keep sharing on here with anyone interested in what we have to offer.
Doc

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Sep 19, 2020 17:52:08   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Nice set Sippy, I too enjoyed the narrative

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Sep 19, 2020 19:29:37   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
Nice set Sippy, I too enjoyed the narrative


Thanks, I enjoy seeing new things through my lens and then I have to research exactly what it is that I am looking at so I tend to learn a little more each time that I do. I also enjoy sharing my discoveries with others as I also enjoy viewing their work and posts.

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Sep 19, 2020 23:30:40   #
raymondh Loc: Walker, MI
 
And yet another interestingly detailed presentation.

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Sep 20, 2020 00:51:51   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
👍

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Sep 20, 2020 10:17:09   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
raymondh wrote:
And yet another interestingly detailed presentation.


Thanks, things just seemed to work out for me on this set.

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Sep 20, 2020 10:18:20   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
👍


Thanks, Mark. It was enjoyable to be able to do both 'on-the-hoof' and a staged session of the same specimens.

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Sep 26, 2020 09:28:45   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
👍🏻

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