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Old 08-04-2019, 02:37 PM
 
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It came and went way too fast for me to try and get a quick shot of it so I will have to just describe it.


It looked something like a fat grasshopper or a katydid. It was the size of a large grasshopper and this is the season for them in Nebraska. It was the same shade of light yellow-green as many grasshoppers but this bug had wings like those of a bi plane--one set above the other, about 1/4 inch apart and they were thin and transparent. It's body was on the fat side and rather short--not like that of a dragonfly. I've tried to find a picture of any bug with bi plane type wings but have come up with nothing.



It landed at the base of the driver side window as I was parked in a parking lot, looked at me for a few seconds and flew off.



Has anyone ever seen a grasshopper-like insect like the one I described?
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:07 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Take a look at these photos, as it sounds like some sort of locust.
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...w=1366&bih=625
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:23 PM
 
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Take a look at these photos, as it sounds like some sort of locust.
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...w=1366&bih=625

It could have been any one of those bugs but it was the bi wings--two sets of wings on each side, one above the other--just like a bi wing plane--that has me so puzzled. That is something I have never seen in an insect. My friends are telling me it was a CIA drone keeping tabs on me.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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It could have been any one of those bugs but it was the bi wings--two sets of wings on each side, one above the other--just like a bi wing plane--that has me so puzzled. That is something I have never seen in an insect. My friends are telling me it was a CIA drone keeping tabs on me.
The basic adult insect body plan has two pairs of wings, a front pair and a rear pair, including locusts and related insects. But one set may be vestigial (called halteres) or modified for another function. For example, in many beetles, the front set is modified into hardened wing covers, while the rear set is more membraneous and does the flying work. Some photos here - https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetle

Depending on the angle you are viewing it from, such an insect could well look like it had biplane wings, especially on take-off.

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Old 08-04-2019, 05:26 PM
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Could have been a cockchafer/may bug, cicada or a shield bug.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:48 PM
 
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I am thinking cicada with wings outstretched.


Try this:


Insect Identification
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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The basic adult insect body plan has two pairs of wings, a front pair and a rear pair, including locusts and related insects. But one set may be vestigial (called halteres) or modified for another function. For example, in many beetles, the front set is modified into hardened wing covers, while the rear set is more membraneous and does the flying work. Some photos here - https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetle

Depending on the angle you are viewing it from, such an insect could well look like it had biplane wings, especially on take-off.

He hit the window and I heard the thump. When I looked he had landed at the bottom of the driver side window (where I was sitting behind the wheel), perched on the metal part where the glass retracts into the door frame and was looking through the glass at me. I could clearly see the bi wing configuration of the wings, each wing set directly above the other. It was there for maybe 10 seconds before flying off and I quickly lost sight of it. Its body was a green/yellow like so many grasshoppers and the wings were transparent, like dragon fly wings, and they were not moving when it was perched there--wings were stationary.



This is grasshopper season in Nebraska and they are all over the place. I've just never seen one with a wing configuration like this one and looks like no one else has either.



Last week I saw a dragonfly in my garden that had black and white stripes on its wings. I found a picture online and was very surprised to find out there is, indeed, such a dragonfly. My neighbor saw one, too.



I'm starting to settle for the "CIA drone" explanation.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:02 PM
 
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Men in Black: (the dragonfly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEXGe78yXKg
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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men in black: (the dragonfly)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oexge78yxkg

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