Slipping Into Something More Comfortable

By Henry H. Mitchell, July 17, 2010.
Hempitera Sheds Its Skin in Myrtle Beach

The above leafhopper is sitting on a yucca leaf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At first glance, I thought this was a two-toned insect. On second glance, I decided maybe a dark bug was eating the light bug. In taking the photograph, I bumped the yucca leaf and the light and dark parts popped apart. Had I beheaded the creature? Had I interrupted a meal? The question was answered by Walter Hintz of, who advises, “I believe this is a true bug (hemiptera) in the process of shedding its skin. The dark part is the old skin.”

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