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Aetalion planthopper

Aetalion sp.

Description:

A small planthopper with a severe infestation of mites. With so many of these feeding in the planthopper's hemolimph, it is unlikely that it will survive.

Habitat:

A small preserved area in an urban environment.

Notes:

Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Aetalionidae: Aetalionini: Aetalion sp.

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16 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB a month ago

Wow, those mites are large compared to the hopper's body, too.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Congratulations Sergio. What a unique picture.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

Thank you for this renewed honor.

“Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!”

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

I guess it is an old softie too, Mark... ;-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

They do seem to be focussed on the weak spots. :-(

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

Leuba, I can't really say if they are just taking a free ride on this bug but, for what I've seen before, they are sucking the poor critter for good... And things can go even worst: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/10...

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Interesting idea Leuba. I had no idea what "phoretic" was so HAD to go digging😊 I found the following article enlightening. Thanks for the push. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1955...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a month ago

Wonder if the mite is phoretic on the plant hopper - just holding on to the hopper so that it can be transported... Nice shot Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

Thank you ornithoptera80.

ornithoptera80
ornithoptera80 a month ago

nice spotting Sergio

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

Ooh makes me itchy.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

I agree with Tukup. Parasites everywhere :-/ I never even considered that mites would appear like this. Well spotted, Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro a month ago

Thanks Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

Great shot Sergio. I'm continually surprised at the number of insects that are parasatized. Amazing.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Lat: -26.24, Long: -49.40

Spotted on Dec 31, 2019
Submitted on Dec 31, 2019

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