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Species Clastoptera proteus - Dogwood Spittlebug

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cercopoidea (Spittlebugs)
Family Clastopteridae
Genus Clastoptera
Species proteus (Dogwood Spittlebug)
Explanation of Names
Clastoptera proteus Fitch 1851
♂ 2.9-3.5 mm, ♀ 3.3-4.1 mm (1)
Adult: Distinguished from all other species of the proteus-group by yellow-and-black pattern, which forms bands across the head and not more than a single yellow patch on each fore wing (see figure below). Dark specimens of this species resemble males of Clastoptera testacea from above, but differ in their facial markings, which include a black band across the upper part of the face in C. proteus, but not in testacea. (1)

Throughout S. Canada and the US (1); considered adventive in BC (2)
Jun-Aug (BG data)
Nymphal hosts: dogwoods (Cornus) (1)
Common on dogwood and Vaccinium in the Midwest (3)
Internet References
Discover Life - species page
Works Cited
1.The Spittlebugs of Canada. Homoptera: Cercopidae
Hamilton, K.G.A. 1982.
2.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
3.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.