Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Suborder Auchenorrhyncha - Free-living Hemipterans

1, 2, or 3 Treehopper Species?  This is Tiny Brown Hopper - Nothodelphax lineatipes Neotibicen tibicen - male What species of leafhopper is this? - Scaphytopius leafhopper - Macrosteles Sharpshooter Leafhopper - Draeculacephala septemguttata leafhopper - Gyponana Cicadellidae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Numbers
ca. 4000 described spp. in our area, with perhaps half that many yet undescribed (Dr Hamilton's ballpark estimate); 1500 spp. known from Canada(1)
Identification
Active insects, good fliers or jumpers. 3 segmented tarsi. Antennae very short and bristlelike. Cicadas are relatively large with membranous wings. Hoppers are small to minute with thickened front wings, usually.
Online keys provided in(2)
photo guide to Québec fauna(3)
Range
worldwide; for ranges of various taxa, see(2)(4)(5)
Food
All leafhoppers and planthoppers feed on green plants and many show extreme host specificity.(6)