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Species Melanoliarus placitus

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Fulgoromorpha (Planthoppers)
Superfamily Delphacoidea
Family Cixiidae (Cixiid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Cixiinae
Tribe Pentastirini
Genus Melanoliarus
No Taxon (placitus group)
Species placitus (Melanoliarus placitus)
Explanation of Names
Melanoliarus placitus (Van Duzee 1912)
Range
s.ON & e. US (NY‒FL to KS‒MS)(1)
Remarks
The most commonly encountered pentastirine cixiid in the southeastern United States. Does not appear to get farther north than Massachusetts.
Highly variable in color. Note sexual dimorphism:
female

male

dark form (always female)

pale form
See Also
Very similar to the related and much rarer Melanoliarus montanus which has a smokier cast to the wings. Likely cannot truly be separated without dissection of a male.
Works Cited
1.A review of the planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States
Bartlett C. R., O'Brien L. B. & Wilson S. W. 2014. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 50: 1-287.