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Psyllids - Bactericera cockerelli

Psyllids - Bactericera cockerelli
Queen's Canyon, Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA
September 6, 2015
I picked up hundreds of these guys on Ericameria nauseosa while sweeping and beating. But they are incredibly hard to photograph. They are perpetually flipping and jumping around all over the place.

A couple were also on nearby Salix exigua. I assume one or the other is the host, rather than both. This was early morning so maybe they hang out on other plants overnight before warming up?

Moved from Psylloidea.

cool... hope the inverted Y on the terga is distinctive
Moved from ID Request.

Me too
pics don't do them justice. Lesson learned -- don't go sweeping at 6am when the sun isn't out properly.

Bit like these guys aren't they

let's wait for Chris

But way out in the wilderness
no potatos or tomatos or Solanaceae at all...what would the host be?

The genus looks right though, that side profile I see on other pics in that genus is spot on.

Bactericera cockerelli
As you mention, the hosts for this species are Solanaceous plants, notably potato and tomato. Rabbitbrush, however, is a recorded shelter plant in the southwest (reference: see p.25); that's to say that the psyllid doesn't complete its life cycle on that plant, but may temporarily reside there while it's not reproducing. I would surmise that despite heavy adult numbers, that there were no nymphs recorded presently?

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