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Leafhopper - Prairiana

Leafhopper - Prairiana
Jupiter, Florida, USA
November 18, 2004
Taken in a lawn, this was somewhat large for a leafhopper, (perhaps 5+mm).

Moved from Hamana.

Moved from Hamana manifesta.

Moved from Ponana.

An unknown species from FL. The wing veins, edged with dark brown, are distinctive for the genus. Formerly I had misidentified it as H. manifesta, the only US species that looks vaguely like this.

Of the 60+ genera on the Cedar Creek site, Phlepsius (=Paraphlepsius) seems closest but your specimen appears to be different than both species shown. P. solidaginis has thin-bordered wing cells, and the cell borders of P. irroratus are almost invisible, whereas your individual shows broad borders around each cell. Yours also has larger, rosette-like bicolored spots, as opposed to the tiny & solid specks on the Cedar Creek individuals. It's possible that yours is a different species of Paraphlepsius but I think there's a greater chance of it being one of the 200+ other North American genera that aren't shown.
That's the Bad news. The Good news is: the markings on your specimen are clear and well-defined; if you were able to browse through a collection of pinned specimens from your area, you'd likely find a good match with relative ease.

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