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For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Psyllinae

Jumping Plant Louse - Psylla sanguinea Ceanothus Psyllid - Nyctiphalerus rugipennis Mountain Mahogany Psyllid  - Cacopsylla media - female green bug - Cacopsylla peregrina Alder Psyllid - Psylla viridescens Psyllid - Psylla carpinicola - male Nyctiphalerus rugipennis Nyctiphalerus rugipennis? - Nyctiphalerus rugipennis
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
Explanation of Names
Psyllinae Latreille, 1807
Over 110 spp. in 14 genera in our area, 800+ spp. in 30 genera worldwide (1)
Widespread, but most diverse in the west; scarcely represented in the southeast
The North American Psyllinae is made up of three major components:

Nearctic endemic genera (many spp. formerly treated as Arytaina)
Amorphicola: 2 spp., on Amorpha (Fabaceae); widespread
Ceanothia: 9 spp., on Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae); western
Euglyptoneura: 3 spp., on Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae); western
Nyctiphalerus: 11 spp., on Cercocarpus (Roseaceae) & Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae); western
Pexopsylla: a single sp., on Cercocarpus (Roseaceae); western (CA)
Purshivora: 2 spp., on Purshia (Roseaceae); western

Holarctic genera (formerly treated as Psylla)
Cacopsylla: over 60 native & 5 adventive spp., over half of native spp. on Salix (Saliaceae); widespread but most diverse in the west
Chamaepsylla: a single sp., on Betula (Betulaceae); widespread at northern latitudes
Psylla: 9 spp., especially on Betulaceae (Alnus, Betula, Carpinus), as well as Prunus (Roseaceae) & Buxus (Buxaceae); widespread

Adventive genera
Arytaina: a single sp. in our area, on Cytisus (Fabaceae); palearctic, introduced on both coasts; earliest record MA, 1911
Arytainilla: a single sp. in our area, on Cytisus (Fabaceae); palearctic, introduced on both coasts; earliest record WA, 1935
Livilla: a single sp. in our area, on Laburnum (Fabaceae); palearctic, introduced in Newfoundland and Labrador; earliest record 2004
Platycorypha: a single sp. in our area, on Tipuana (Fabaceae); neotropical, introduced in so. CA; earliest record 2008
Spanioneura: a single sp. in our area, on Buxus (Buxaceae); palearctic, introduced in New England; earliest record CT, 1916
Print References
Heslop-Harrison, G. 1961. The Arytainini of the subfamily Psyllinae, Hemiptera-Homoptera, family Psyllidae. -II. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13(3): 417-439 (full text)
Jensen, D. D. 1951. The North American species of Psylla from willow, with descriptions of new species and notes on biology (Homoptera-Psyllidae). Hilgardia 20: 299-324 (full text)
Jensen, D.D. 1957. A new genus and five new species of Psyllidae from California and Lower California (Homoptera). Wasmann Journal of Biology 15: 15-34 (full text)
Ossiannilsson F. 1970 - Contributions to the knowledge of Swedish psyllids (Hemiptera: Psyllidae). Entomologica Scandinavica 1: 135-144
Rung, A., G. Arakelian, R. Gill, & N. Nisson. 2009. Platycorypha nigrivirga Burckhardt (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Psylloidea), tipu psyllid, new to North America. Insecta Mundi 0097: 1-5 (full text)
Tuthill, L.D. 1937. The genus Euphalerus in America north of Mexico (Psyllidae: Homoptera). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 10: 69-74 (full text)
Tuthill, L.D. 1943. The Psyllids of America North of Mexico: (Psyllidae: Homoptera). Iowa State College journal of science: 1-218 (full text)
Wheeler, A.G. & E.R. Hoebeke. 2004. New North American records of the European broom psyllid Arytaina genistae (Latreille) (Sternorrhyncha: Psyllidae) Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 106(1): 176-180 (full text)
Wheeler, A.G. & E.R. Hoebeke. 2005. Livilla variegata (Löw) (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Psyllidae) new to North America, with records of three other palearctic psyllids new to Newfoundland. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 107(4): 941-946 (full text)