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Family Flatidae - Flatid Planthoppers

Ormenis saucia? - Flatormenis saucia Northern Flatid Planthopper Nymph Flatoidinus - Flatoidinus punctatus Citrus Flatid Planthopper - Metcalfa pruinosa Metcalfa pruinosa? - Metcalfa pruinosa Palm Flatid Planthopper - Ormenaria rufifascia Ormenaria rufifascia Fuzzy white insect
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Fulgoromorpha
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Flatidae (Flatid Planthoppers)
Explanation of Names
Flatidae Spinola 1839
Numbers
27 described spp. in 13 genera in our area, ~1450 spp. in ~300 genera worldwide(1)(2); several species have been reported from the US in error; there are several undescribed spp. from so. US(1)
Identification
readily recognized by the presence of submarginal vein paralleling the wing margin(1)
Nymphs: wax filaments bushy (vs. straight and forming bundles like watercolor paintbrushes in Issidae) --Dr Hamilton
Range
worldwide (by far more diverse in the tropics)(3); in our area, most diverse in the south, with only a few widely distributed species in n. US(1)
Habitat
above-ground portions of a wide variety of woody/semi-woody plants(1)
Remarks
overall, taxonomic revision is needed for most of this family with reassignments to genera.
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