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Acizzia sp.? - Acizzia uncatoides

Acizzia sp.? - Acizzia uncatoides
Santa Barbara County, California, USA
March 16, 2016
Size: ~3mm
Briefly landed on lemonade berry, but I think it flew in from adjacent vegetation. There is a very diverse assemblage of plants in the area including a large stand of Sydney golden wattle (Acacia longifolia)

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Acizzia sp.? - Acizzia uncatoides Acizzia sp.? - Acizzia uncatoides

Moved from Acizzia.

Moved from Psylloidea.

Yes, probably A. uncatoides
The speckled wings with elongate marginal cells are typical of the genus (or at least the members of the genus introduced into North America); A. uncatoides is the most widespread in CA, but I don't know how to separate females from the similar Acizzia acaciaebaileyanae.

You're really on fire with the psyllids lately - keep it up!

on A. uncatoides versus A. acaciaebaileyanae
After examining a series of both species, I've found that the most reliable way to distinguish them may be in the antennae color. While overall coloration and wing maculation tends to vary, the antennae coloration is fairly constant: in A. uncatoides the antennae are dark on the apical half, while in A. acaciaebaileyanae only the tips are black (about the last fifth). This should serve as a useful way to distinguish both males and females without having to see the genitalia, at least until A. jucunda or some other Acizzia becomes established in CA and complicates things.

The nymphs too are different, A. uncatoides nymphs with noticeable setae and A. acaciaebaileyanae nymphs without.

Based on this, all CA Acizzia on BugGuide are correctly placed in A. uncatoides.

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