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Oak Treehopper

Platycotis vittata

Description:

Gorgeous treehopper about 11mm long with rust and turquoise coloring on its pale gray body. The head has three horns. The eyes are red and the hind legs (posterior tarsi) are short. This one was found deceased on our picnic table. A live one hopped on my arm but jumped off before I could get pics. The last image shows its size compared to a standard water bottle cap. This species can be hornless.

Habitat:

High elevation forest with oak and cedar trees in Yosemite National forest. Found on the western and eastern coasts of the US and Canada as well as the southern border states along Mexico.

Notes:

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4 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Thank you Daniele and Mark. Friends don't understand how I have "bugs" on my most wanted wildlife list ;-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Glad it made your list Cindy! Great colour combination on this species.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

What a cutie. Nice series.

California, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2017
Submitted on Jul 6, 2017

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