Planthopper (Acanalonia conica)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Planthopper.
Updated: 6/19/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Planthoppers are well-camouflaged in the leafy foliage that they feed on, jumping from one plant to another with ease and speed.
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.