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Leafhopper---G. coccinea or not? - Graphocephala

Leafhopper---G. coccinea or not? - Graphocephala
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
October 13, 2018
I posted this leafhopper at iNaturalist as a putative specimen of Graphocephala coccinea, but at least one entomologist disagrees with that choice of species. Thanks in advance if anyone can help i.d. this.

Moved
Moved from Leafhoppers.

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Moved from ID Request.

Let's see what Kyle has to say.

Was it mentioned why there wa
Was it mentioned why there was disagreement? Was an alternative mentioned?

 
No explanation offered
The person in question did not offer any explanation but I have sent them a query as to what feature of the insect is not consistent with coccinea.

 
Could be based on range, size
Could be based on range, size, or subspecies. I would expect a professional to state their reasoning. Hopper length can be important.

 
And here's what they said
Okay, the entomologist at iNaturalist said "AFAIK there’s no way to differentiate between G. coccinea and G. constrica, G. idonea and G. telformis without genital dissection or other related tests agaimst a preserved specimen, thanks for inquiring!"

 
This is where range comes in
This is where range comes in play. Idonea's range is shown to be Gulf coast to South America. Excellent info at Natural History Museum Wales, Sharpshooter Leafhoppers of the World.

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