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Cixiid Planthopper

Platycixius calvus

Description:

I had no idea this this is a rare Planthopper! Andy Hamilton was able to ID this hopper and is apparently rare! "The flattened head and reticulate wing tips are distinctive. This is thought to be only species in its genus, and is known from very few localities. Of the 6 known specimens, two were taken on yucca (probably the specimens from AZ), suggesting that there are actually more than one species." Black and gray Planthopper about 4 mm long. The wings are patterned on the bottom. Only shot before it ran off.

Habitat:

Coast Live Oak in forest

Notes:

First for BugGuide and Project Noah!

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6 Comments

Make that, NOW on the hunt :)

Thanks friends! I'm not on the hunt to capture one. Should be fun finding this little guy in an Oak forest! :)

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

COOL!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great find Cindy!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Great finding, Cindy, congratulations.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Congratulations on such a rare spotting, Cindy! There's a name which I can't remember, for the only species in its genus -- very cool!

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 5, 2013
Submitted on Nov 6, 2013

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