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Subjects Planthoppers : Nature Closeups

Dictyopharid Planthopper

March 27th, 2011 - 4:11 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

January 18, 2011 | Gandoca-Manzanillo NWR, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Nogodinid Planthopper

March 1st, 2011 - 7:26 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 5 Comments

13mm | January 18, 2011 | Gandoca-Manzanillo NWR, Limon Province, Costa Rica

I saw these little planthoppers every day of my trip. They are a bit skittish though, and jump/fly away easily.

One of my references has a very similar looking Costa Rican planthopper identified as a Nogodina species. That at least makes me feel comfortable that I’ve gotten the right family here, Nogodinidae.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot known about this family. There’s not even a wikipedia page yet :). According to Marshall, it’s restricted to Central and South America.

Reference:

500 Insects:
A Visual Reference

by Stephen A. Marshall

Planthopper

December 18th, 2010 - 4:15 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 1 Comment

January 31, 2010 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Based on the snout and the wing venation, I’m gonna say this one is a dictyopharid planthopper.

Snobbish Fulgorid

August 19th, 2010 - 9:41 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

January 26, 2010 | Cara├ža Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Like many fulgorids, the front of the head of this one is oddly shaped. With what looks like an upturned nose, you could call this one downright snobbish.

Closeup of head

Take a close look at the base of the antenna below the eye.

Antenna Closeup