Cone Spittlebug
( Aphrophora princeps )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Aphrophora princeps
(Walley ,1928 )
Common Name:Cone Spittlebug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Auchenorrhyncha
Family:Cercopidae
Genus:Aphrophora
Taxon Code:HOM00988
ITIS/TSN:956053

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Joaquin Miller Park, Joaquin Miller Park, 3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100147

RECOGNITION
Description
Adults: The Aphrophora are distinguished from all other Cercopidae by the following combination of characters: third antennal segment lacking sensory setae; metatibiae with more than one row of spines in apical crown; rostrum extending at least to hind coxae, its apical segment at least half again as long as the preapical one; aedeagus membranous, or at least in part membranous; hemelytra with radius and media each two branched in discal area. Nymph: Spittlebug nymphs are easily recognizable. They cover their bodies with fluids sucked from plants, forcing air into this fluid to form a frothy mass of bubbles. Aphrophora nymphs have 9 antennal segments, but this is not diagnostic.
Body Length
(M) 7.8-9.1 mm, (F) 9.2 mm.

BIOLOGY
Range
Coastal regions from north from California to British Columbia.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Aphrophora princeps - Cone Spittlebug. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/713166). Accessed January 30, 2016. .
ITIS.
Evolution of the Higher Categories of Cercopidae, with a Revision of the North American Species of Aphrophora (Homoptera). Moore, Edwin T. 1950. University of Illinois. (Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Entomology).


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