Abdomen raised (Orientus ishidae)

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Here is a singular leafhopper larva, waiting motionless in the shade on a leaf, the abdomen raised. Maybe it was a defensive posture? With these beautiful orange and white tones, it would be Orientus ishidae, a true leafhopper (family Cicadellidae). This species is believed to be a vector of Flavescence Dorée, a disease caused by a bacterium that attacks vines.

 


Last update: 29/10/2020

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