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Family Tropiduchidae - Tropiduchid Planthoppers

Looks like an armor-plated bulldog - Dictyobia Issid nymph - Danepteryx Requesting insect ID - Dictyobia Planthopper - - Neaethus Osbornia cornuta Ball - Osbornia cornuta - female Immature Leafhopper ? Planthopper: Pelitropis rotulata? - Pelitropis rotulata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Fulgoromorpha
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Tropiduchidae (Tropiduchid Planthoppers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
taxonomy follows Bartlett et al. (2014)(1)
Explanation of Names
Tropiduchidae (Stål, 1866)
64 spp. in 12 genera in our area(1), ~620 spp. in >170 genera worldwide(2)
se US to CA (CA-FL-VA) (BG data)
in our area, se. US (2 spp. are restricted to FL)(3); tropics worldwide(4)
understorey of moist tropical forests(5)
on monocots(6)
Print References
O'Brien, L.B. 1992. Tropiduchidae (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 85(2): 121-126.
Works Cited
1.A review of the planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the United States
Bartlett C. R., O'Brien L. B. & Wilson S. W. 2014. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 50: 1-287.
2.Bartlett C.R. and contributors (2017-) Planthoppers of North America
3.Dmitriev D.A. (2003-) 3I interactive keys and taxonomic databases
4.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
5.Bugs of the World
George C. McGavin. 1999. Blandford Press.
6.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 2. Homoptera and Heteroptera
Lehr, P. A., ed. 1988. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House.