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brown and white achilid - Catonia texana

brown and white achilid - Catonia texana
Austin, Wild Connections, Travis County, Texas, USA
May 25, 2007
Size: about 3-4 mm
Overlapping wings suggest this family, but the colors don't match any species here in the guide.

Moved from Achilidae.

Catonia texana
Lois O'Brien says that this is much more boldly colored than any specimen in a collection (colors do change when an insect is dried, or maybe the digital processing heightened the contrast). It most resembles a single specimen our collection has from Big Bend, TX (and is also recorded from Gillespie, Jeff Davis and Uvalde counties). I will see if she concurs ... she described that species!

Thank you once again.
The colors really were that bold. Since the insect was so tiny, I mainly noticed it because it looked like something patterned in black and white; I had assumed some sort of leafhopper. The details only showed up later on the computer screen. I really appreciate all the information you provide - it is helping me learn this group of insects a lot better.

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