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Species Clastoptera proteus - Dogwood Spittlebug

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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 Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha (Cicadas, Spittlebugs, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Superfamily Cercopoidea (Spittlebugs)
Family Clastopteridae (Clastopterid Spittlebugs)
Genus Clastoptera
No Taxon (proteus group)
Species proteus (Dogwood Spittlebug)
Explanation of Names
Clastoptera proteus Fitch 1851
♂ 2.9-3.5 mm, ♀ 3.3-4.1 mm (1)
Adult: Distinguished from all other species of the proteus-group by yellow-and-black pattern, which forms bands across the head and not more than a single yellow patch on each fore wing (see figure below). Dark specimens of this species resemble males of Clastoptera testacea from above, but differ in their facial markings, which include a black band across the upper part of the face in C. proteus, but not in testacea. (1)

Throughout S. Canada and the US (1); considered adventive in BC (2)
Jun-Aug (BG data)
Nymphal hosts: dogwoods (Cornus) (1)
Common on dogwood and Vaccinium in the Midwest (3)
Internet References
Discover Life - species page
Works Cited
1.The Spittlebugs of Canada. Homoptera: Cercopidae
Hamilton, K.G.A. 1982.
2.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
3.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.