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Cicadellid ID Request - Scaphytopius nr-elegans

Cicadellid ID Request - Scaphytopius nr-elegans
Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
July 5, 2012
Size: 4.5 mm
Left lateral view of nymph and exuvium. This *might* be the nymph of the adult. It is not similar to other more common nymphs in the area and was photographed on the same plant on the same day as the adult pictured here. I was unsuccessful in raising it to adulthood, so absolutely no certainty they are the same. (See: http://bugguide.net/node/view/669624)

Scaphytopius nymph
Yes, the genus at least is right - the combination of very long antennae and long, tapered and spiny "tail" is characteristic of this genus. The color of the head also suggests that this is the nymph of your unusual adult.

Oaks are usually hosts for microleafhoppers (especially Eratoneura) and, among Deltocephalini, just a few genera such as Eutettix and Aligia that have quite a different kind of nymph. In California, only S. elegans is listed from oaks (a quite different species in AZ is also on oaks) and this species has several described color forms in AZ and FL that may be biological species.

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