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Family Kinnaridae - Kinnarid Planthoppers

Cave Creature - Oeclidius nanus hopper 53 - Oeclidius fraternus Planthopper - Oeclidius - male - female Hopping bug 1 - Oeclidius   On Brittle Bush - Oeclidius OC planthopper - Oeclidius Oeclidius? - Oeclidius Oeclidius nanus Van Duzee - Oeclidius nanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Kinnaridae (Kinnarid Planthoppers)
Explanation of Names
Kinnaridae Muir 1925
single genus (Oeclidius) with 6 spp. in our area(1), >100 spp. in ~20 genera worldwide(2)
in our area, w. NA(1)(3)
some nymphs found on floor of cave in AZ and TX(4)(BG data)
Life Cycle
nymphal habits and host biology largely unknown. few host records (most of these on Asteraceae or Lamiaceae), with most species reported as monophagous (Wilson et al. 1994). Nymphs subterranean, with adults found on above-ground portions of plants, although adults have also been found on roots (Fennah 1980, Wilson et al. 1994).
See Also
similar to small Cixiidae in general appearance, and they share the row of spines on the second segment of the hind tarsomere and may have a median ocellus near the frontoclypeal suture. Unlike cixiids, females have a reduced ovipositor and abdominal tergites 7-9 are “chevron-shaped” wax-producing plates.(3)
Print References
Fennah R.G. (1980) New and little known Neotropical Kinnaridae (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 93: 674-696.
Wilson S.W., Mitter C., Denno R.F., Wilson M.R. (1994) Evolutionary patterns of host plant use by delphacid planthoppers and their relatives. Pp. 7-45 In: Denno R.F., Perfect T.J. (eds.) Planthoppers: Their ecology and management. Chapman and Hall, N.Y.
Internet References