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Day 4 - Siphanta acuta

Day 4 - Siphanta acuta
Alameda County, California, USA
October 20, 2011
Size: ~1.3 mm bl
The nymphs are still too small for clear photos, but their wax tail-thingies (there must be a name for those) are visibly fluffy rather than linear. I'm therefore leaning toward Flatidae.

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Eggs on loquat leaf - Siphanta acuta Hatchlings - Siphanta acuta Hatchlings - Siphanta acuta Day 4 - Siphanta acuta Day 45: second instar - Siphanta acuta Day 68: third instar - Siphanta acuta Day 87: the green stage - Siphanta acuta Day 98: the pink-and-white stage - Siphanta acuta Day 102: green again - Siphanta acuta Day 111: fifth instar, teneral - Siphanta acuta Day 111: early fifth instar - Siphanta acuta Day 111: early fifth instar - Siphanta acuta Day 113: fifth instar, continued - Siphanta acuta Day 113: fourth and fifth instars - Siphanta acuta Day 117: fifth instar, continued - Siphanta acuta Day 119: fifth instar, continued - Siphanta acuta Day 130: adult - Siphanta acuta Day 137: one of the last two adults - Siphanta acuta

Moved
Moved from Flatid Planthoppers.
It seems reasonable to assume these are S. acuta at this point.

Moved
Moved from Planthoppers.

Flatidae
Probably the introduced Siphanta acuta. Can you put a few in alcohol and send them to me, or have they all gone on to the next instar? I would love to see first-instar nymphs.

 
I'll see
The mortality rate is high, and I'm not sure any will reach the next instar. I haven't found molted skins. If they're dying because of something about the rearing conditions, I don't know what to improve. I'll try to collect corpses for you and improvise a way to pack them. As you know, I don't have professional equipment for mailing specimens.

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