Sunday, 6 July 2014

When is a Hopping Frog not a Hopping Frog?


When it's a Frog Hopper:

Frog Hopper

Remember that frothy Cuckoo Spit (also called frog or snake spit) on my Pinks? This is the creature which emerges when the nymphs hidden in the froth mature. Length about 6mm.

It was half way up the door frame of my conservatory and stayed long enough for one shot before it just vanished from view - hopped away! They are capable of leaping many times their height and length. Some can leap up to 70cm vertically and accellerate at 4,000 m/s2 over 2mm as they jump. Some can jump 100 times their length. All in all well named as Frog Hoppers.  Information from Wikipedia.

Photograph, cropped, taken with my Nikon Coolpix S9050
Picture produced using the Mac app PicCollage Lite.

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant, I've never managed a photo they always hop as I press the shutter. I will have to start out on the nymph.

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    1. Adrian. I was surprised that one stayed even long enough for one shot, especially as the camera was only a few inches away.

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  2. An amazing insect for sure John.
    Imagine if their capabilities were scaled up to us. The Olympics would be staggering. lol

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    1. It certainly would Keith. High jumping right out of the stadium ;)

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  3. emerges from the spittle! :)

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    1. TWG. At least the adult isn't sticky.

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  4. I often wondered what emerged from that John.

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    1. Roy. Not the prettiest of subjects. The first time I have seen one close up.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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