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nymph - Lepyronia coleoptrata

nymph - Lepyronia coleoptrata
Colrain, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
May 30, 2004
Size: ~4 mm
Another Homoptera nymph, I think...

Moved from Lepyronia.

A spittlebug nymph, probably the introduced L. coleoptrata. Nymphs of this species have black and white marks on the back like this; in which case you have a new state record. The only native species with nymphs similarly marked is the hill-prairie spittlebug, L. gibbosa, which was reported from the state a century ago and hasn't been seen since. Either way, you have a great find here. Tell us where in MA you found it, and please watch for adults!

I thought it had that look to it, but had never seen a spittlebug nymph with that kind of coloration--or out of spittle for that matter. Do older spittlebug nymphs typically live independently of spittle like this, or was this one on its way to make some more?

...I did some sleuthing and figured out I was in Colrain that day. More specifically, Fairbanks Farm, at the top of Fairbanks Road.

Lepyronia coleoptrata
Colrain is just across the border from VT, so this will be the European species working its way south, making it a new state record.

Nymphs will leave their spittle mass if the plant becomes unthrifty (dries up). They will search out a new host plant.

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