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Grey Planthopper

Anzora unicolor

Description:

Tiny white fluffy plant hopper with grey waxy coating

Habitat:

On Acacia leaved and branches

Notes:

Single specimen. http://butterflies.heuristron.net/bugs/w... Thank you argybee for correcting the ID

1 Species ID Suggestions

The Grey Planthopper
Anzora unicolor (Walker) [syn. Sephena cinerea Kirkaldy] Family Flatidae


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13 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

An update Martin - I appologise but wish to withdraw my suggestion having read more about these. Your comment re the electron microscope is most applicable. I have found out that the 'grey and furry' look is not indicative of species and variation for many covers from this to the green ones we also see. :-( Stay with it if you want.

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

Thank you for finding the correct ID for this plant hopper. I have made the correction.

MartinL
MartinL 11 years ago

I haven't seen others here yet but I can check the wing venation next time with my toy micro for the double terminal wing cells test. "In eastern North America, only Anormenis chloris has the double row of apical wing cells, visible in the field as the insect is at rest. The photo at the top of this page shows this characteristic." http://www.insectsofwestvirginia.net/h/a...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

No, I think yours are better martin but if they are of interest I'm sure we can get some better shots and maybe even borrow some live ones for a really close look

MartinL
MartinL 11 years ago

Leuba and argybee, Thanks for your reply. I think my photo is not quite clear enough to be certain but I see no other options. This is clearly common and could feasibly migrate worldwide, as the green one has. My cautions are its yellowish eye and chalky surface but the profile is too similar and I do think it is a match. Are your photos clearer?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

These little guys have started popping up everywhere in the last week.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

martinl, I am hoping you can confirm this so i can put up my spotting ...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Hi martinl, It could be Anormenis chloris - blue/grey flatid
http://www.americaninsects.net/h/anormen...
wonder if this restricted to the US but looked similar to the ones I spotted
this morning on gum trees and plants- suddenly they are everywhere- I will put mine up later. I wonder if this is it ! - your looks very fluffy.

MartinL
MartinL 11 years ago

Help already, what is this???

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 11 years ago

Beautiful! Somehow this picture just put a big smile on my face.

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

Cutie!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 23, 2012
Submitted on Jan 23, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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