Immature Keelbacked Treehoppers

Subject:  Unknown bug, thornbug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oceanside, CA
Date: 03/13/2018
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would love to know the ID of this tiny alien-looking bug.  I  found thousands of these bugs on a bush in my yard in June of last year.  They are less than a 1/4 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Heidi G

Immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers

Dear Heidi,
Though you did not specify what type of bush in your yard you found these immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers living upon, we are speculating they were feeding by sucking the fluids from a tomato plant, pepper plant or some other member of the family Solanaceae.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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