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Planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

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

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

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: Acanaloniidae
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          Genus: Acanalonia
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            Species: conica
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Acanalonia conica
Other Name(s): Lanternfly
Category: Cicada and Planthopper
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 40mm (0.47" to 1.57")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, white
Descriptors: leaf, flat, jumping, flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 12mm (0.5in) and 40mm (1.6in)
Lo: 12mm
Md: 26mm
Hi: 40mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the 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 Planthopper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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