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Delphacidae ? - Pentagramma bivittata

Delphacidae ? - Pentagramma bivittata
Afton Canyon, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California, USA
September 14, 2005
Size: < 4mm
Different views of same individual.

Pentagramma bivittata
These Delphacids like tall reeds (Juncus validus) standing in water around the edges of ponds and lakes. I have not seen ones with striped eyes before; presumably this is caused by light diffraction in live individuals. When specimens are dried, the cuticle shrinks, and "structural colours" such as this get lost.

Pentagramma bivittata
Thanks Andy!
I added a habitat shot for this species (or at least, this individual). Yes, it was found on a blade of grass next to the Mojave River, in one of the few areas where the river flows above ground all year round. There is quite a lot of wildlife in the vicinity of this river.

What a great composite! Very
What a great composite! Very informative

Yes, beautiful images nicely presented. Love those eyes! & Thanks to Andy Hamilton for the information about this species.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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