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Torpedo Bug

Siphanta acuta

Description:

Green insect that resembles a leaf with its triangular shape and coloring. It has light blue/green spots over the entire body and heave veining. Edges of wings have red dots. Legs and "nose" are green but turn red toward the end/tip. Possible mite infestation on this bug. The first image shows something under its wings. The fifth image shows something on the outside of the wings.

Habitat:

Unknown sapling in backyard near citrus orchard.

Notes:

These are native to Australia and not very common in California. It is a type of Flatid Planthopper. "'TORPEDO BUG' refers to the great leaping ability of nymphs; mature nymphs can leap as far as 60 cm (about 2 feet)" - BugGuide Aka: Green Planthopper

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19 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

I've got your link now. This image is consistent with the impression that Ian's spotting is another species.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thanks Dan. I hope to see more someday :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Sorry for the delayed response Cindy but I think the planthoppers I saw originate from N. America.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Make that second to last image :-)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

That's a definite possibility! The last image shows some tiny insects in the outside of its wings. Thank you!

textless
textless 7 years ago

That shadow is interesting... It doesn't seem to connect to the tail area, so I wonder if it could be a tinier critter (like a mite) going for a ride, like this: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/721... Or maybe a piece of dirt or debris? I've never seen a planthopper backlit like that. :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thanks textless! I'm curious what's making the odd shadow on the planthopper in the wing area. Any ideas?

textless
textless 7 years ago

What a cute hopper - great photos!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

I think so too, chebeagueschool and Longmustache!

windmustache
windmustache 7 years ago

Lovely shape!

chebeagueschool
chebeagueschool 7 years ago

Awesome bug!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

They are similar, Dan. Do yours originate from N.A. or are they also from Australia?

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Cool spotting! Love the red outline. I saw a few similar.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/692...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/718...

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Love It!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

It is amazing, Emma. What's more amazing is that this one didn't jump 2 ft when I had the camera right in its face :)
Thank you AnjaliAnantharam!

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 7 years ago

Would love to see this one.. Nice spotting..

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Isn't it amazing that they can leap as far as 2 ft?

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

:) Thank you Emma. This is my first Planthopper spotting I got excited!

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

awesome as usual!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.15, Long: -117.01

Spotted on Nov 8, 2011
Submitted on Nov 8, 2011

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