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Treehopper #1, without horn - Platycotis vittata

Treehopper #1, without horn - Platycotis vittata
Tracys Landing, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
May 28, 2018
Looks like a Platycotis vitatta but want to check as some of the pictures in the guide look like this, some have different coloration. This one was resting on my garage door a short distance from an oak tree it has no horn. I found another one a short distance away on top of my car with a horn.

I was curious as to why some have horns and some do not, maybe a male/female thing? Perhaps not as I found the article (link below) which says that there are subspecies. Using the key in the article "Treehopper #1, without horn" would perhaps be Platycotis vitatta var. lineata? The other one Treehopper #2, with horn" (https://bugguide.net/node/view/1527291 and https://bugguide.net/node/view/1527290) would be Platycotis vitatta var. quadrivittata?

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/oak_treehopper.htm

While the treehoppers with horns are trying to look like thorns, why would an Oak Treehopper have horns as oak trees don't have thorns?

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