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Planthopper? - Asarcopus palmarum - male

Planthopper? - Asarcopus palmarum - Male
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
December 6, 2015
Size: 3 mm

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Planthopper? - Asarcopus palmarum - male Planthopper? - Asarcopus palmarum - male

Moved to Asarcopus palmarum
Moved from Planthoppers.

Thank you Robert!
I appreciate you taking time to create this page. I took the liberty to sex the images based on the information you provided in the "Identification" section.

Moved from ID Request.

Thank you Ken!
I appreciate your kind help and attention

Charles Bartlett just remarked offline ....
...that it "looks like Asarcopus palmarum, but that species should not be in Texas."

Species reference
University of Delaware indicates that the "species is adventive into California & Texas," and "Note: Texas record was found recently (Photo from Dec. 6 2015 on Bugguide)."

please cite that site as Bartlett (2012-)(1)
scientific publications should be cited by author and year, institution is quite irrelevant

Most interesting!
The map I found shows it in California. I found this bug several times in 2015 in my patio where there is a young Canary Date Palm; which is this bug's preferred host. This coming season, I plan to be inspecting the inflorescence of Canary Date Palms in El Paso scouting for this critter. Thanks Belov!
Charles Bartlett has been most helpful identifying this insect. I hope to find enough specimens this coming season to share with arthropod museums in the region and planthopper researchers.
The status of this insect as pest is conflicted: some literature downplays its importance while other sources indicate that it can become a serious pest and challenging to control.

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