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Plant Hopper


a Cixiidae plant hopper associated with acacia fever tree, from Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Many of these bugs were found on trunks of Fever Tree, Acacia xanthoploea, at Nairobi, Kenya, March 2013. Length is about 4 mm.

Fever Tree

I found many adults of these brown plant hoppers on trunks of Fever Trees growing at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi. Their color matched closely the brown blotches on the expanses of yellow-green bark. They moved quickly when approached and did not seem keen on jumping. Approaching with my camera was a challenge. Only on close inspection of the tree trunks did their abundance become apparent. Fever trees often have copious sap resin on the trunks - it would be interesting to discover how these bugs avoid getting trapped.

Immature cixiid plant hoppers feed mostly on the roots of plants below ground. Working out the exact host plant relationships and life history would be tedious.

Cixiiidae -- a Plant Hopper Family

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