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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Flatidae - Flatid Planthoppers

Leaf Hopper 5 - Metcalfa pruinosa Leafhopper - Metcalfa pruinosa Metcalfa pruinosa 101812Hopper1 - Flatoidinus punctatus Two different species of flatids - Flatormenis proxima Metcalfa pruinosa Fulgoroidea? - Mistharnophantia Hopper from Fla - Cyarda
Classification
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 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)
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