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Genus Megamelus

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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 Fulgoromorpha
Superfamily Fulgoroidea (Planthoppers)
Family Delphacidae (Delphacid Planthoppers)
Subfamily Delphacinae
Tribe Delphacini
Genus Megamelus
Explanation of Names
Megamelus Fieber 1866
19 spp. in our area, ~30 total(1)
strongly produced head that is much narrower than the thorax (Dr. Hamilton)
Holarctic and Neotropical
M. scutellaris is used as biocontrol of water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
Adults can be brachypterous (1 and 2) or macropterous (3).

Print References
Beamer R.H. (1955) A revision of the genus Megamelus in America north of Mexico. J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 28 (installments in several issues)
Internet References
Genus page - Univ. Delaware(1)