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  • Planthopper - (Acanalonia conica)

    Planthopper - (Acanalonia conica)

    Planthoppers are well-camouflaged in the leafy foliage that they feed on, jumping from one plant to another with ease and speed.

    Picture of Planthopper
    Staff Writer (6/19/2017): Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads. Their bodies are shaped like wedges or half-circles. They and bright green and resemble leaves, even down to the 'veins'. They are agile jumpers and leap from plant to plant to feed on them. They also quickly hop away from perceived danger.

    Adults feed on the juices of plants. A tropical species from the same family was thought to glow in the dark and were hence called Lanternflies, but none of these insects are luminous. The name stuck despite the fact.

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    Details of the:

    Category: Cicada and Planthopper
    Common name: Planthopper
    Scientific Name: Acanalonia conica
    Other Names: Lanternfly

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Acanaloniidae
           Genus: Acanalonia
            Species: conica

    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 40mm (0.47in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: green, white

    Additional Descriptors: leaf, flat, jumping, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin

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