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Flatid Planthopper

Unidentified Flatidae


Hemiptera; Fulgoroidea; Flatidae; Unidentified Flatidae. I have encountered this attractive Flatid a number of times over a period of several years in this area. So I am sure that it is thriving and doing well here, but in all this time I have not managed to identify it beyond Family. So I am thinking there can only be two possible reasons for this. The first is that this Hopper is poorly documented or not documented at all and the second is that I am not sufficiently skilled in researching online. I suspect the latter. However, I did upload a spotting featuring a similar one, last May:


This Flatid flew into our back terrace today from the backyard. So I would say that our backyard is its habitat. There are grasses, flowers, shrubs , trees and even some vegetables. It is rather a wild kind of backyard with a minimal amount of formal layout. It is certainly not a suburban backyard. Many little creatures seem to have established themselves there and, of course, many others (especially butterflies) pay regular visits.


In this current spotting and the previous one I mentioned, I have called this hopper "Unidentified Flatidae" but I will probably have to revise this to "Unidentified Flatinae" because Wikipedia says that Flatids which rest with the tegminae in a tent-like position belong to the Subfamily: Flatinae and that would be one step closer to a proper identification.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 1, 2022
Submitted on Jul 1, 2022

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