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Moth-like Planthopper (Ricaniidae) by melvynyeo Moth-like Planthopper (Ricaniidae) by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planthop…
A planthopper is any insect in the infraorder Fulgoromorpha within the Hemiptera. The name comes from their remarkable resemblance to leaves and other plants of their environment and from the fact that they often "hop" for quick transportation in a similar way to that of grasshoppers. However, planthoppers generally walk very slowly so as not to attract attention. Distributed worldwide, all members of this group are plant-feeders, though surprisingly few are considered pests. The infraorder contains only a single superfamily, Fulgoroidea. Fulgoroids are most reliably distinguished from the other members of the classical "Homoptera" by two features; the bifurcate ("Y"-shaped) anal vein in the forewing, and the thickened, three-segmented antennae, with a generally round or egg-shaped second segment (pedicel) that bears a fine filamentous arista.

Nymphs of many Fulgoroids produce wax from special glands on the abdominal terga and other parts of the body. These are hydrophobic and help conceal the insects. Adult females of many families also produce wax which may be used to protect eggs.

Planthoppers are often vectors for plant diseases, especially phytoplasmas which live in the phloem of plants and can be transmitted by planthoppers when feeding.
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, cool colors!
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mant01 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Do you image stack for a picture like this or is it a single shot?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
This is a single stack pic. :) I do stacked once in a while if there is a need due to shallow DOF.

3 pic stack

2 pic stack

3 pic stack
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mant01 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Thanks for that :) my DOF always seems so tiny that I have to stack most images or I'll only get its eye in focus lol even when I use a high number F-stop. Wish I had someone like you to train me up in this area :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I've seen some of your macro pics and they seem to be of very high magnification. At this mag, no amount of f stop can gives you enough DOF :) Some ppl i know won't shoot in high f stop for high mag pic because it will cause diffraction. A better way is to do more pic stack.

For me, my setup is limited to about 2.5x magnification. At this mag, f16 is enough for most situation unless there are more things i want in focus in a pic.
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mant01 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Thanks for the advice :) I have been mainly doing stacking of around 40 images per picture at F11 but once your not in a controlled environment it gets very tough lol I prefer natural looking images like yours so I'll try less magnification and using a bigger F-number. May also change my sigma 105mm for a different lens because it never seems to get truly sharp pictures without stacking. Anyway thanks for the help and I'll continue to look in amazement at your work lol :)
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WillTC Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice photo! :D
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