Photo of the Week

Western Thornhopper
Western Thornhopper
Campylenchia rugosa, Membracidae
Enderby Mabel Lake Road, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
July 13, 2014

Sara and I took a quick weekend trip out to the Okanagan to meet up with our family from Alberta. I took an hour or so one evening to take some insect shots. I almost didn’t notice this little guy until I remembered that Spotted Knapweed doesn’t have thorns. The “thorn” is actually a projection of the pronotum (the first body segment of the thorax). These projections are characteristic of the Membracidae.

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