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Cicadas and Leaf Hoppers (Homoptera)

Cicadas and Leaf Hoppers are insects with long needle shaped mouthparts. If present there are two pairs of membranous wings, usually folded over the body in the shape of a roof. The antennae are very short. Because of the mouth parts they share an order with the bugs and the plant lice. Not only are most cicadas good flyers, many are excellent jumpers as well. There is a lot going on about dividing cicadas in genera and families. And it still seems to be changing constantly. That is why we have decided to keep out of this controverse and not mention any family name. Some cicadas are difficult to identify from pictures. Especially many of the small species are extremely similar. Good guides, books and internet sites on identification are scarce. The only secure way to tell certain species apart is by examining the genitals. In order to be able to do so, one has to kill the animal and that is something we don't do.

Rhododendron Leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi, adult)

The Rhododendron Leafhopper is an unmistakable species imported from Northern America. More...

Rhododendron Leafhopper (Graphocephala fennahi, larva)

The nymph of the Rhododendron Leafhopper is as colourless as the adult is colourful. More...

Alder Spittlebug (Aphrophora alni,larva)

You see a blob as if somebody just spitted in a plant? It's probably the larva of one of the many Spittle Bugs. In Alder probably the Alder Spittlebug. More...

Alder Spittlebug (Aphrophora alni, adult)

Once adult, the Alder Spittlebug doesn't live in a bubble anymore and is rarely ever seen. More...

Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata)

The Black and Red Froghopper is just one of the many black and red leafhoppers.. More....

Pine Bug (Haematoloma dorsatu)

The Pine Bug is another example of a red and black leafhopper. More....

Ledra aurita

The larva of Ledra aurita is very hard to spot on a tree trunk. more...

Green Cicada (Cicadella viridi)

The Green Cicada is a striking species, but not as unique as we believed it to be. More...

Empoasca species

Some Empoasca species look like the Green Cicada, but being some 2mm long, they are much smaller. More...

Tachycixius pilosus (Tachycixius pilosus var. albicinctu)

This variety of the common Tachycixius pilosus is called albicinctus. It has a dark area in the wings, where usually the wings are light with small dark speckles. More...

Idiocerus heydenii

Idiocerus heydenii is just one of the Maple Cicadas. More...

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