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subgenus Oncometopia

What kind of hopper is this? - Oncometopia orbona Sharpshooter - Oncometopia orbona unidentified critter - Oncometopia orbona Broad-headed Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona) - Oncometopia orbona Oncometopia sp. nymph? - Oncometopia orbona Oncometopia orbona Broad-headed Sharpshooter - Oncometopia orbona Leafhopper - Oncometopia nigricans
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers, Treehoppers and Aetalionids)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Proconiini
Genus Oncometopia
No Taxon subgenus Oncometopia
3 spp. in our area, ~50 spp. total(1)
Oncometopia hamiltoni
Oncometopia nigricans
Oncometopia orbona
US to Argentina(1)
green forms of Oncometopia clarior have been spotted near the Texas border. the blue and purple forms of clarior cannot be reliably differentiated from hamiltoni in most cases without dissection, so a record of this green form in Texas would make differentiation between clarior and hamiltoni quite difficult. northernmost instances of clarior do seem to be somewhat bolder in markings than hamiltoni, but it is unclear if this is a consistent difference.