Planthoppers are well-camouflaged in the leafy foliage that they feed on, effortlessly jumping from one plant to another with surprising 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 are bright green and resemble leaves, even mimicking leaf veins on their broad wings. They are agile jumpers and leap from plant to plant to feed from plant juices. They also quickly hop away from perceived danger. A tropical relative to this species was thought to glow in the dark, so for a time this type of insect was called a Lanternfly, but it is now understood that none of these insects are luminous. The Lanterfly name stuck despite that revelation.
Scientific Name: Acanalonia conica
Other Name(s): Lanternfly
Cicada and Planthopper
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 40mm (0.47in to 1.56in)
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