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Species Xestocephalus lunatus

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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 (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Aphrodinae
Genus Xestocephalus
Species lunatus (Xestocephalus lunatus)
Remarks
This is an ant-guest leafhopper that flies actively in search of holes in the ground, so it is unlikely that you would find it on plants. This particular species is extremely widespread, from Argentina to the southern USA. It resembles X. superbus, but has a darker head with characteristic pale lines like two brackets back-to back: ][ This southern species differs from the northern X. superbus in the darker head with a pale pair of lines at the middle that diverge towards the eyes. It occurs widely in the tropics and has been called (erroneously) X. desertorum. It is the most common Xestocephalus on the Gulf Coast.

-Andy Hamilton
See Also

Xestocephalus superbus