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Species Platycorypha nigrivirga - Tipu Psyllid

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Plant-parasitic Hemipterans)
Superfamily Psylloidea
Family Psyllidae
Subfamily Psyllinae
Genus Platycorypha
Species nigrivirga (Tipu Psyllid)
Explanation of Names
Platycorypha nigrivirga Burckhardt, 1987
adult color pattern, including dark transverse stripe between the eyes, unique among NA psyllids (1)
native to S. America (Argentina-Brazil-Bolivia), adventive elsewhere, incl. so. CA (coastal Los Angeles Basin) and Europe(1)
on rosewood tree, tipu (Tipuana tipu, Fabaceae), a landscape ornamental of S. American origin widely grown around the world(1)
first detected in our area in San Diego Co. in 2008(1)
Works Cited
1.Platycorypha nigrivirga Burckhardt (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Psylloidea), tipu psyllid, new to North America
A. Rung, G. Arakelian, R. Gill, N. Nisson. 2009. Insecta Mundi 0097: 1-5.