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Genus Curtara

Leafhopper - Curtara insularis Hopper - Curtara insularis Leafhopper - Curtara insularis Prairiana longiora ? - Curtara insularis Two instars - Curtara insularis lateral - Curtara insularis Negosiana miliaris - Curtara insularis nymph lateral - Curtara insularis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Iassinae
Tribe Gyponini
Genus Curtara
Explanation of Names
Curtara (DeLong & Freytag, 1972)
1 species in our area, 112(?) described species in 8 subgenera in total.
NOTE: the notation citing the taxonomic authority of the listed species may have been inputted erroneously. This is pending correction.
subgenus Curtara
Curtara insularis (Caldwell, 1952): southeastern U.S. (introduced) to Argentina
southeastern U.S. to Argentina
A single Caribbean species has been introduced into the southeastern United States and is now widespread ranging from at least North Carolina to northeastern Mexico. This introduced species has a long internet history; please see the species page for further information.
Joel Kits states in comments to Solomon Hendrix:
"I doubt that Negosiana and Curtara should be distinct genera; the only difference cited in the description of Curtara is an arbitrary difference in head length and the genitalia of the type species of the two genera are very similar."
If Negosiana is distinct, it is likely recently diverged due to geographic isolation (the generas' native range is not recorded to overlap, excluding the questionable Negosiana miliaris).
This is one of the largest and most widespread genera in Gyponini—it is probably polyphyletic.