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Pink Hopper Hiding in Fern - Ponana rubida

Pink Hopper Hiding in Fern - Ponana rubida
Near Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
June 7, 2007
Hiding between two fern frondlets in the dark woods.

Ponana rubida
You have just answered one of the mysteries of leafhopper taxonomy - why this insect bears the name "rubida" (reddish) when every specimen in a collection is always tan-colored. Apparently they lose the reddish color when dead.

 
Thanks
Thanks, Andy! I love a mystery, and it is not often I can play a part in solving one! I'll try to find this species again so I can provide a dorsal view too.

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