Seed Mimicking Leafhopper
Ventral, posterior construction
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Species:||Seed Mimicking Leafhopper (Notocephalius hartmeyeri)|
|This Photo:||Ventral, showing concave body|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
What a curious little brown bug this is. ~9mm long (body & snout). Interestingly appendages aren't included in invert lengths; ie wings, legs, antennae, palps, etc. However, the snout on this is so long it doesn't seem fair
The antennae seem tiny, but inspecting underneath shows they start as the typical club like, then finish of as a fine haired, antennae of this family of Hemiptera.
The snout & body is concave under and the whole upper surface is covered in dimples, which reflect in the flash of the camera.
It would be difficult for most animals to feed with the mouth in the middle, but being a true bug, this has a proboscis to such the juices out of plants.
It can articulate quite well in the middle to over come obstacles in the terain and can certainly hop; as it's name implies.
We didn't see if fly though.
It's snout seems to mirror it's wings, perhaps a defensive trait; like the false eyes on butterflies.
There seem to be two pale spots on the snout in front of the eyes, these are possibly defunct ocellii.
Ventrally it's snout is primarily black, with a black stripes on the abdomen. It also seems to be covered in small scales underneath.