Photo of the Week – December 17, 2010

I don’t usually think about photographing insects during the winter, but I found this tiny tree hopper crawling on my kitchen sink last night. 

I’m pretty sure the tree hopper hitchhiked to my house in a bag of lettuce.  I don’t think it’s going to cause any ecological problems, but it’s a good reminder of the ease with which invasive species can move around the world.  I have no idea where that bag of lettuce was harvested, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t come from here in Nebraska. 

Now the question is – what do I do with it?  It’s not going to survive long in the ziplock bag it’s in right now.  Do I let it roam around the house?  Do I put it outside in the freezing cold?  Do I put it back in the lettuce bag?

Anyone looking for a pet?