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Hopper "shell"? - Micrutalis
Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 19, 2012
Size: 2.5-3 mm
I thought I had spotted a third “hopper” (in addition to this treehopper and this leafhopper nymph) on a California Croton (Croton californicus) at the Claremont Colleges’ Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station. But the “shell” turned out to be empty. I wondered if it might be the old exoskeleton from the leafhopper nymph:

Any information will be greatly appreciated!

(I'm not sure that photos of empty shells are very useful to BugGuide, so please feel free to frass.)

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Might be related to your treehopper
Here's a Micrutalis nymph:

Gosh, that does look similar! The shell was on the underside of the leaf that the treehopper was on.


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