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Long-nosed Dictyopharid Planthopper

Dictyophara sp.


Long-nosed or snout dictyopharid planthopper (genus Dictyophara (Germar, 1833), tribe Dictyopharini), that is bigger than the others I've seen before, with 2cm body length. Dictyopharidae (Spinola, 1839) is a family of bugs in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha belonging to the infraorder Fulgoromorpha, superfamily Fulgoroidea. The family comprises nearly 760 species in more than 150 genera. Like all other fulgoroids, they have the antennae arising on the side of the head below the compound eye (not between the eyes as in the Cicadoidea). Many species have an elongated frons.


Backyard, spotted on a leaf of a White Spider Lily plant.


This spotting looks a lot like Dictyophara nakanonis (Matsumura, 1910) -, also Dictyophara asiatica ( Melichar 1912) -, and Dictyophara patruelis (Stål, 1859) - However, there are no records of these spp in the Philippines and the only Dictyophara spp mentioned occurring in the Philippines (at least of what I've found out so far) are D. cribrata and D. longipennis -(, which do not have available images in the net. In another database, both genus and species are not recorded in the Philippines - Other Dictyopharidae genera/spp are mentioned here as existing in the Philippines that are worth looking into also. Dictyomorpha hectica (Haupt, 1926) has been mentioned as occurring in the Philippines and is a sugar-cane insect - Check also Dictyopharina longicephala (Song & Liang, 2006) - Here is my green dictyopharid planthopper:

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JoeHartman 6 years ago

To me it IS D. nakanonis, it is the Long-nosed Planthopper that appears in several SE Asian countries. In Thailand, where I live, it is the usual species.

Don't be afraid of Rang & Location. They are things that change over the years so even if literature says it does not appear on the Philippines, it is possible that it in the meantime very well appears in that area. Seeing quite a bit of postings here from the Philippines that all appear to me D. nakanonis, plus a link to another spotting of D. nakanonis on the Philippines gives me the impression that literature needs an update as far as range is concerned. Here the link

Best regards

Thanks again Mayra :):)

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow! great séries!

Thanks Mayra! :)

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


It gets frustrating sometimes Veron. You have an image look-alike but wrong region, or you have a name existing in the region but no corroborating image :(
But of course, that's part of the continuous learning :-) Merry Christmas and a meaningful Holiday season to you and your loved ones!!! Mwah!!!

VeronicaPrudente 8 years ago

Thanks for noting all those, Agnes.

Thanks Adi and Satyen! :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Nice spotting!

Thanks Karen, Toshimi, and Sukesih for the appreciation.

KarenL 8 years ago


Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 13, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012

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