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Derbid Planthopper (Anotia spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Derbid Planthopper



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The unusual Derbid Planthopper looks a little like a moth, fruit fly, and katydid, but is none of these things.



Updated: 09/23/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Derbid Planthoppers are a True Bug in the Derbidae family. These planthoppers are highly varied in appearance, but all of them leap. Some have large, long wings that extend past the body, like a katydid or cicada, both of which are distant relatives. Some Derbid Planthoppers' wings are hairy, like moths. Others are transparent with colorful mottling on them like some fruit flies. Their face is narrow, like it was pinched or compressed between a finger and a thumb.

Larvae feed on fungi, often found on decaying wood. For this reason, adults are often seen in the woods, near fallen logs and rotting plant matter.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Derbidae
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          Genus: Anotia
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Anotia spp.
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 11mm (0.31" to 0.43")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: ivory, pink, brown, white
Descriptors: translucent, marbled, wings, rounded, flying, flat head
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 8mm (0.3in) and 11mm (0.4in)
Lo: 8mm
Md: 9.5mm
Hi: 11mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Derbid Planthopper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Derbid Planthopper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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