Three cornered alfalfa hopper

Three cornered alfalfa hopper

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Credit: DARWIN DALE/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Three cornered alfalfa hopper. Macrophotograph of a three cornered alfalfa hopper (Spissistilus festinus), resting on a leaf. This insect occurs throughout the southern USA. It feeds on the fluids of leguminous plants, including alfalfa, clover and beans, using its needle-like mouthparts to pierce the stem. The adult (seen here) is a strong flier and can migrate significant distances. Magnification: x25 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, bug, hemiptera, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf, nature, pest, plant, spissistilus festinus, three cornered alfalfa hopper, wildlife, zoology

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