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identification
August 12, 2009
the bug was found on a plastic tarp in northern california forest area
Faith
Forest Ranch, Ca

Oak Treehopper

Oak Treehopper

Hi Faith,
What an awesome image of an Oak Treehopper, Platycotis vittata.  According to BugGuide:  “Life Cycle  Hatching occurs in Spring in the South, and in late Spring in the North. Larva pass through five instars, and adults and larva form aggregations along oak twigs of up to 100 individuals. Females seem to exhibit protective behavior, keeping predators away from the young.  Remarks  Does almost no damage to the host trees—leaves only a few twig scars from oviposition.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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