Bristle-tailed fly
March 11, 2010
I’ve been hiking in the foothills of Glendora Ca. for many years. Lately, I’ve been taking photos as I walk and today I snapped a picture that made me want to learn more about the insect. It is 3-10-10 and it was viewed at apprx. noon in L.A. county.
North America; Glendora California

Issid Planthopper Nymph

Hi Jason,
You have encountered an immature Issid Planthopper, most likely Dictyobia permutata which feeds on California Buckwheat, a native plant found in the foothills.  You can see additional images on BugGuide.

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