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Bostaera nasuta Ball - Bostaera nasuta

Bostaera nasuta Ball - Bostaera nasuta
Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL), University of Texas at Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
August 27, 1992
Size: ~5 mm
Det. A. Hamilton, 2011

coll'ed by J. E. Gillaspy

spmn in the UTIC, Austin, TX (1)


Bostaera nasuta
This very distinctive genus - the only Delphacid with obliquely truncate wings, and head much wider than the thorax (please post a dorsal view, too!) - is one of the curiosities of the world fauna. Close relatives have been found in Palestine, Spain and Namibia (!) as long as 100 years ago, which seems to rule out human transport. Absolutely nothing is known about its biology, and collections seldom have more than 1 or 2 specimens.

There is a smaller relative in the SE USA as well (B. balli).

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