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Species Platycotis maritima

Membracidae? - Platycotis maritima Membracidae? - Platycotis maritima
Classification
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 Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Membracidae (Treehoppers)
Subfamily Membracinae
Tribe Hoplophorionini
Genus Platycotis
Species maritima (Platycotis maritima)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
"Platycotis maritima has been (incorrectly) synonymized with P. vittata, but Beirne in 1961 noted that they have completely different hosts (hemlock vs. oak) and therefore could not be the same species. Most people don’t know Beirne’s faunal guide, which was an undated mimeograph put out by Agriculture Canada, and you won’t find it online." --note from Andy Hamilton
Size
7-9 mm
Identification
Hornless; heavily marked black midline on the crest
Range
West coast
Food
Hemlock