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Plant Hopper

Genus Pochazia


Planthopper, maybe a subspecies of P. pipera.


Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the last primary rainforests in Sri Lanka and is a biodiversity hotspot, it was established as a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978, and a World Heritage site in 1988 by UNESCO. More than 60% of the trees are endemic, it's also home to 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of animals and 95% of the endemic birds of the country. Surrounded in dense fog, the dangerous, dark and mysterious Sinharaja forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word Sinharaja means lion- (සිංහ/சிங்கம் sinha) king or kingdom (රාජ/ராஜா raja), and a popular folk legend has it that a legendary lion lived in this protected forest. 60% of the forest is contained within the border of Rathnapura District, 20% in the Galle District, and 20% in Kaluthara District. The forest is likely to have formed during the Jurassic era and spans over an area of 360 km², it is the most dense rainforest in Asia with 240,000 plants per hectare.

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bayucca 8 months ago

Yes, indeed, I would follow Pochazia.

thewndrr 8 months ago

Thank you bayucca, though it looks more like the genus of Pochazia to me, in fact I found one very similar but it seems found only in Taiwan. Maybe a subspecies?

bayucca 8 months ago

Ricaniidae, maybe Ricanula sp.

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Diyaduwa, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 29, 2021
Submitted on Jul 14, 2022

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