Curious About Clastoptera?

Clastopterid Spittlebugs are notoriously difficult to identify externally. I have made a preliminary visual guide to the Clastoptera species of the United States and Canada, based on authoritatively identified specimens.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/5243

Posted on October 29, 2023 06:56 PM by nomolosx nomolosx

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Nice work! Thanks for your efforts on this.

Posted by mpelikan 7 months ago

Great work. Great help. Thank you.

Posted by vcharny 7 months ago

I appreciate the feedback, thank you!

Posted by nomolosx 7 months ago

I should examine C. obtusa s.l. with more attention next time I see it .

Posted by vcharny 7 months ago

@vcharny I should note—as currently defined C. obtusa is the only member of that complex in the east, the rest are western @vcharny
there are subspecies of C. obtusa in the east which need to be better looked at, Doering (1928) did not review the terminalia of the subspecies and they may need to be synonymized. C. obtusa tristis lacks the white bands on the wings, C. obtusa borealis has the white bands on the wing very distinct, and C. obtusa obtusa has the white bands "much less distinct, barely discernible."

Posted by nomolosx 7 months ago

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