Jumping plant lice Insect

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The tiny alder sucker, psylla alni, ranges acroos the  Northern Hemisphere wherever its favorite alder trees are found. Length 0.05-1 inches (1.5-3.5 mm).

Common name: jumping plant lice

Family: Psyllidae

Suborder:Sternorrhyncha

Order: Hemiptera

Class/subphylum: Insecta/Hexapoda

Number of species:About 1,300 (257 US)

 Size:From about 0.05 in (1.5 mm) to 0.2 in (5 mm)

Key features: Resemble tiny cicadas, but forewings more leathery than hind wings; wings held like a tent over the body while at rest; hind legs well developed for jumping, but flight is rather weak; nymphs are rather odd looking, having flattened, circular, or oval bodies with the wing buds sticking out to the sides; nymphs produce waxy secretions that cover and protect them

Habits: Adults sit on their food plants, often in fairly large numbers, taking to the air when disturbed; some species make galls

 Breeding: Both sexes, at least of some species, use sounds during courtship and mating; eggs laid on the food plant

Diet: All species suck sap from their host plants; a number of species are pests of cultivated trees

Habitat: Most species live on trees and tend to be forest dwellers

Distribution: Worldwide

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Jumping plant lice Insect

 

Jumping plant lice Insect

 

Jumping plant lice Insect

 

Jumping plant lice Insect

 

Jumping plant lice Insect

 

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