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Aetalion reticulatum (Linnaeus, 1758)


A small hemiptera. Apparently there is some sort of relation between the two species in that picture (the ants and the hemipterans). I am not sure about what kind of relation they have but clearly, the ants are not eating the hemipterans.



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GustavoMorejon 4 years ago

It is Aetalion reticulatum (Linnaeus, 1758).

GustavoMorejon 4 years ago

It is definitively Aetalioninae, because the alternative was Biturritiinae and the veins in the wings do not coincide with the sub family description. There is a great description at

GustavoMorejon 4 years ago

That's why I love Project Noah !!! I always learn a lot here. Thanks Sckel and Ignacio. I am confident that these are Aetalionids ... and the weird structures are not fungus as I thought ... these are the eggs in fact !!!

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 4 years ago

I think Sckel is right, this are Aetalion nymphs.

Sckel 4 years ago

Aetalionidae is a small family. I think there are only 3 genus registered for this family. I think these are Aetalion. You will not find more images of this species on the internet. They are incredible and unique. Congratulations on finding them. I'm jealous.

GustavoMorejon 4 years ago

Thank you Maria dB and LuisStevens. Yes ... they are nymphs of cicadellidae, I guess. And yes ... they look a bit Art Deco !!!

LuisStevens 4 years ago

Muy buena serie.

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

These are nymphs, correct? Cool pattern, kind of like art deco! :)

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Lat: -2.90, Long: -79.00

Spotted on Jul 27, 2014
Submitted on Jul 28, 2014

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