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Species Phylloscelis atra - Black Leaf-Leg

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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 Dictyopharidae (Dictyopharid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Dictyopharinae
Genus Phylloscelis
Species atra (Black Leaf-Leg)
Explanation of Names
Phylloscelis atra Germar 1839
atra (L). 'black'
♀ 3.7±0.13 mm, ♀ 4.8±0.07(1)
species comes in several very different color patterns (Andy Hamilton, 2.i.2013)
e. US to CO (MA-CO south to FL-TX) & so. ON; Mexico(2)(3)(4)
Jun-Sep (BG data)
Known host: winged sumac (Rhus copallinum, Anacardiaceae)(2)
a red/orange-striped variety 'albovenosa' is a mimic of a number of similarly colored distasteful beetles in the genus Cryptocephalus; this color variety, less common than atra, occurs along with it
See Also
P. pallescens is brown, with lots of veins forming prominent ridges on the wings (Dr Hamilton)
Works Cited
1.The planthopper genus Phylloscelis in the United States (Homoptera: Dictyopharidae)
McPherson, K.R. and S.W. Wilson. 1995. Insecta Mundi 9(3-4): 177-188. .
2.Bartlett C.R. (2012-) Planthoppers of North America
3.CU Museum of Natural History entomology databases & research tools
4.Insects of Ojibway Prairie, a southern Ontario tallgrass prairie
Paiero S.M., Marshall S.A., Pratt P.D., Buck M. 2010. Shorthouse J.D., Floate K.D. (Eds.) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands, Vol. 1: 199-225.