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strange - Scolopsella reticulata

strange - Scolopsella reticulata
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
July 29, 2007
Size: approx. 1/4"
This has me stumped. Don't even know where to begin. The long snout and camouflaged eyes are fascinating. I'm not even sure if it's an adult.

Hi Arlene
I found the adult to your nymph - actually in last years photos fromy 'home black light'

Thank, Margarethe
It was good to see your adult photo! Now I can label my photo.

Looks like one of those Dictyopharid
planthoppers like Scolops. Dr Hamilton should know. Compare with - different species, but you get the idea. What a beauty!

Scolopsella reticulata
The name implies that it is similar to Scolops, but in fact it is a member of the true Fulgoridae, all of which have that "broken-off" looking tail end (note the wax filaments there, a sure sign that everything is functioning normally). Thanks for the photo; our collection only has the adult, which looks like a small Alphina but with that ridiculously long head process.

If you think this is bizarre, watch for its close relative Rhabdocephala brunnea, which also occurs in AZ. Its nymphal head is as long as the whole rest of the body, and the tail ends in forceps!!

Dr. Hamilton.

Yes, I get the idea. I didn't even consider it to be a planthopper. I look forward to Dr. Hamilton's opinion.

The legs
definitely have that planthopper look to them.

Hah -
my neck feels strained from looking at all those pictures of those guys looking skyward. 8)

Very cool !
But, is part of it missing ? It looks like something bit it's rear end off.

it does appear to missing part of its rear end but since it's such a strange bug to begin with, I'm not sure that's the way it's supposed to look.

It looks fairly symmetrical,
so while it does look cut off, I have a feeling it's not.

What a cool bug!

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