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Family Issidae - Issid Planthoppers

Thionia simplex? - Thionia simplex Planthopper? - Exortus fuscomaculosus Leafhopper Nymph - Thionia simplex Thionia simplex nymph - Thionia simplex Hysteropterum Adult? - Thionia elliptica Thionia.  Species ID, please. - Thionia elliptica Plant hopper? - Thionia simplex Hopper with Planthopper Parasite Moth? - Thionia
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 Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Issidae (Issid Planthoppers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acanaloniidae and Caliscelidae are sometimes lumped with this family; several sw. genera (mostly restricted to CA) have been treated among Nogodinidae(1) "...because the wings are lacy, but the wax tails [of the nymphs] that can be spread when alarmed are characteristic of Issidae." (Dr Hamilton); Nogodinidae is not represented in our area (Dr Hamilton, pers. comm. to =v= 28.x.2010)
Explanation of Names
Issidae Spinola 1839
Numbers
ca. 90 spp. in 20 genera in our area(2), ~930 spp. in ~180 genera worldwide(3)
Identification
wings usually shorter than in Flatidae, and without the warty surface where the forewings meet over the back.
in nymphs, the wax filaments projecting from the rear are straight and bundled, not bushy. (Note: Tropiduchid nymphs may also have straight wax filaments.)