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Species Clastoptera obtusa - Alder 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 obtusa (Alder Spittlebug)
Explanation of Names
Clastoptera obtusa (Say, 1825)
Cercopis obtusa Say, 1825
Aphrophora obtusa Say (1830)
Ptyelus obtusus Walker (1851)
♂ 3.6-4.7 mm, ♀ 4.0-5.2 mm(1)
variable in color; the dark lower half of the face is the only defining character.
most of NA (NS-AB to GA-NM)(2)
found on 20 different deciduous trees/shrubs, incl. alder (Alnus), birch (Betula), hazelnut (Corylus), hophornbeam (Ostrya), walnut (Juglans)...
Abundant in warm areas east of the Rockies where alder grows, throughout temperate eastern NA(1)
Print References
Say, T. 1825. Descriptions of new Hemipterous insects collected in the expedition to the Rocky Mountains, performed by order of Mr. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under command of Major Long. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 4: 339.
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.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
4.Discover Life: Insects