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Species Lepyronia gibbosa - Hill-prairie Spittlebug

Lepyronia gibbosa Ball - Lepyronia gibbosa bug - Lepyronia gibbosa bug - Lepyronia gibbosa Spittlebug Nymph - Lepyronia gibbosa Aphrophoridae nymph, dorsal - Lepyronia gibbosa Aphrophoridae, Hill-Prairie Spittlebug, lateral - Lepyronia gibbosa Light colored spittlebug - Lepyronia gibbosa Cercopidae? - Lepyronia gibbosa
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 Cercopoidea (Spittlebugs)
Family Aphrophoridae (Typical Spittlebugs)
Tribe Cloviini
Genus Lepyronia
Species gibbosa (Hill-prairie Spittlebug)
Other Common Names
Great Plains Spittlebug
Explanation of Names
Lepyronia gibbosa Ball 1899
males 6.9-7.2 mm, females 8.2-9.6 mm
Great Plains (historical records from sandy areas in Massachusetts in the 1890s) (Andy Hamilton, 11.vii.2008)
The "hill prairie spittlebug" likes well-drained soils, so sandy areas, gravel plains and morainal hills are favoured. But you will also find them in pastures etc. which were once prairie, because they aren't fussy about what they eat. (Andy Hamilton, 11.vii.2008)
In Michigan, nymphs occurred 17.v-10.vii; adults, (Dunn et al. 2003)
In Michigan, nymphs fed upon a large group of phylogenetically unrelated plants. In contrast, adults were collected only upon little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, and big bluestem, Andropogon gerardi. (Dunn et al. 2003)
See Also
looks like L. coleoptrata, but has a pointed head. (Andy Hamilton, 11.vii.2008)
Print References
Dunn J.P., Summerfield C.J., Johnson M. (2003) Distribution, seasonal abundance, host plants. and site quality of a Michigan threatened specie: the great plains spittlebug, Lepyronia gibbosa. The Great Lakes Entomologist 35: 121-129. Abstract
Summerfield C.J., DunnJ.P. (2001) Biology of a Michigan threatened specie: distribution and host plant use of the great plains spittlebug, Lepyronia gibbosa. McNair Scholars Journal 5: 71-78.