Thorn Flatid Planthopper (Cyarda spp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thorn Flatid Planthopper (Cyarda sp.)

Cyarda sp. on Maypop

They disguise themselves as a thorn and are quite convincing.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38375

Shown on Florida native plant: PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER (Passiflora incarnata)

Three species reported for Florida but “Species can only be separated by genitalia (at this time)” (source: http://canr.udel.edu/planthoppers/north-america/north-american-flatidae/genus-cyarda-walker-1858/)

From 2013 on Ironweed:

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2 comments
  1. Cindy said:

    This must be “cool buggie” season in FL! What a plethora of pulchritude! Curious little fella. Thanks for sharing!

    • Loret said:

      Things are really “heating up” in the buggy world. greeted by at least 8 different butterflies species and 5 or more different dragonfly species inside of 30 seconds in the garden this morning.

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