Philya cf. californiensis ? - Philya californiensis
Collected this guy from Baccharis pilularis
by using a beating sheet, first Membracid I've seen since I started digital photography. Looks very similar to
. (live oak/chaparral habitat). I remember many years ago when I took entomology, the instructor talked about how Membracids will move around the stem of the plant they are on, trying to always be on the opposite side of the stem from you. Later that summer, when I was in Park City, UT, visiting my grandparents, I found a number of Membracids on a bush and they performed exactly as the instructor said. Today I poked around a bit on the Baccharis
bush where I found this guy, hoping to find more and observe the behavior again, but so far, I've found no more, maybe tomorrow.