Curiously looking insect.
August 30, 2009
It was sitting on top of one of our corn plants. Very very small, somewhere between 1/8th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch in size. I’ve never seen anything like it around here before.The picture should be sufficient.
Los Angeles, CA.
We don’t feel skilled enough to take this to a species or even genus level, but your insect is a Cixiid Planthopper in the family Cixiidae. There are numerous representatives on BugGuide. Perhaps an expert can come to our rescue and properly identify this Cixiid.
Update from Eric Eaton
August 31, 2009
… Cixiid planthopper is some species in the genus Oliarus (there are at least 50 species north of Mexico). Hope that helps.