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Psylloidea, unknown - Craspedolepta nebulosa

Psylloidea, unknown - Craspedolepta nebulosa
Edmonton, Strathcona, Alberta, Canada
May 31, 2009
Size: very small
Host not known, but willow (Salix alba), red elderberry, currants, and sour cherries nearby. Urban garden.

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Psylloidea, unknown - Craspedolepta nebulosa Psylloidea, unknown - Craspedolepta nebulosa

Moved from Aphalarinae.

Craspedolepta nebulosa kincaidi, but note:
There is a large series of conspecific psyllids from Canada at BOLD, such as for example this one, collected from Fireweed, identified as Craspedolepta subpunctata. I am fairly convinced that these are, however, all misidentified. Craspedolepta subpunctata is a greenish species with unmarked wings (example) while Craspedolepta nebulosa kincaidi is yellowish with dark markings apically as in your psyllid (example, but note this is the nominate subspecies and not kincaidi). Additionally, the female genitalia of both species are quite different; when looking at this character alone it's fairly easy to see that the BOLD specimens are definitely not subpunctata. Refer to The Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects P. 30, figs 74 and 77 (available online here) for a side-by-side comparison of the genitalia of the two species, then compare for example this specimen on BOLD and it's quite easy to determine it's a nebulosa in subpunctata's clothing.

I am unsure of how this error came to be. Both of these species occur on Fireweed in northern North America, often on the same plants (see this paper); that may have been a factor. Either way, none of this really matters to you or your psyllid, which is Craspedolepta nebulosa kincaidi. But this comment is meant to serve as a warning to those who wish to use comparison to BOLD images to make an ID in this species group.

Very cool, thanks for taking
Very cool, thanks for taking the time to comment on this, Chris!

Moved from Aphalaridae.

Moved from Psyllidae.

boy do we need help with these...
Moved from ID Request.

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