Subject: Winged Bug
Location: Montecito, California
August 7, 2015 4:12 pm
We found this beautiful winged bug in our house in Montecito, California August 7, 2015. It is about 3/8″ long, and when we touched it, it kind of jumped with a small clicking noise.
Signature: Derek Westen
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe we have correctly identified your Issid Planthopper as a member of the genus Naethus. BugGuide lists five members of the genus found in California, but does not provide much information. Though it has nothing to do with entomology or with the Planthopper, iNaturalist provides this etymological information on the origin of the genus name: “Neaethus was a river falling into what is now the Gulf of Taranto, where the ships of the Greeks were burned by the women of Troy whom they had led captive.”