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Spittle bug

Chaetophyes compacta


Tube Spittlebug
About 11mm long. Nice green time-trial cycle helmet. No spines on rear legs.


On fine stems of Eucalyptus microcarpa in a large nature reserve.


infraorder: CICADOMORPHA
superfamily: CERCOPOIDEA
subfamily: Machaerotinae
tribe: Enderleiniini

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Thank you very much, Mark! This one is just too beautiful not to have part of the collection :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Done. Sorry I missed it somehow.

Hi Mark, please consider adding beauty this to The Hoppers mission :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thank you KrishnaMurthy. I am not a photographer so it is very much just good luck.

KrishnaMurthy-K 6 years ago

wonderful capture.....

StephenSolomons 6 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Stephen. 'Tis the season to hang out the light and white sheet.

StephenSolomons 6 years ago

It is a nice series.You and Leuba are taking some nice shots

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Jolly. I deleted 90% today but these worked out. Gotta love these digital cameras. I just noticed this has some great colour in the wing covers.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Very nice detailed macro. Awesome series Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 6, 2014

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