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  • Oak Treehopper - (Platycotis vittata)

    Oak Treehopper - (Platycotis vittata)

    With or without a horn, the Oak Treehopper still charms with its bright colors and giant leaps.

    Staff Writer (6/19/2017): Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within the species and as individuals mature. They may or may not have a horn at the head region. Their bodies are shaped somewhat like an isosceles triangle, narrowing at the tip of its wings.

    The Oak Treehopper lays its eggs in the mighty tree, but it rarely damages it. Females typically leave small, speckled scars on soft twigs where the eggs are implanted, but leave a minimal impact on their namesake. Broods can have between 50 and 100 eggs and females have been observed standing guard over the young nymphs just a hop away on another branch.

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    Oak Treehopper

    Category: Cicada and Planthopper
    Common name: Oak Treehopper
    Scientific Name: Platycotis vittata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Membracidae
           Genus: Platycotis
            Species: vittata

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 13mm (0.35in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: blue, red, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: stripe, jump, hop, leap, tiny, small, flying, fast

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Mississippi; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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