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Family Caliscelidae - Piglet Bugs

Curculionid? - Bruchomorpha oculata - male - female Bruchomorpha tristis Bruchomorpha - Bruchomorpha jocosa Bruchomorpha pallidipes A spider mimic? - Caliscelis bonellii Caliscelidae, dorsal, with wings Piglet Bug with attached Dryinid larvae bug - Aphelonema simplex
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 Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Caliscelidae (Piglet Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly considered a subfamily (Caliscelinae) of Issidae
Explanation of Names
Caliscelidae Amyot & Serville 1843
53 spp. in 6 genera in our area, ~200 spp. in ~64 genera worldwide(1)(2)
small, cylindrical planthoppers that are brachypterous (rarely macropterous), with the wings much shorter than the abdomen.
worldwide (Holzinger 2007); in our area, mostly c. & sw. US(1)
Life Cycle
development from egg to adult averaged 68 days in a laboratory study
Print References
Holzinger W.E. (2007) Redescriptions of Ordalonema faciepilosa, Peltonotellus melichari and P. raniformis, with a key to Western Palaearctic genera of Caliscelidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha). Eur. J. Entomol. 104: 277–283 (Full text)
Internet References
Family page - Univ. Delaware(1)