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Leafhopper? - Philaenus spumarius

Leafhopper? - Philaenus spumarius
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
July 6, 2004
Anyone have an ID for this?

Philaenus spumarius
a dark variety of the meadow spittlebug

Spittlebugs vs. sharpshooters, leafhoppers
The sharpshooters usually win:-) Sorry. Look at those hind legs. There are a couple big teeth on the tibia, which means it is NOT a leafhopper. Leafhoppers and sharpshooters have the entire tibia lined with spines, and often have them cocked, ready to jump. This is a brilliant image, by the way.

Philaenus spittlebug?
Yours looks similar to the left-most images at Cedar Creek - are ALL the images shown there of P. spumarius? Or are the top 4 different species?

I would guess...
that the top 4 are undetermined species and the ones at the bottom are specific.

Highly variable
According to Nomina Nearctica, P. spumarius is the only species of that genus in North America. I believe it is introduced from Europe, but I'm not sure on that. It is highly variable - see this page for some photos of colour forms.

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