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Small 'cicanda' from east Brazil taken in October 2017

Im assuming 'cicada' with this insect but which one ? Small size- c1c-2 cm -

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  • $\begingroup$ A better assumption would be "planthopper" (superfamily Fulgoroidea), but beyond that I admit to not having a guess. $\endgroup$ Nov 28 '17 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ I think you're right .... $\endgroup$
    – BBM56
    Nov 28 '17 at 13:32
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This neotropical leafhopper belongs to the subfamily Coelidiinae. According to this publication though, there are 25 genera & over 75 different species, and so, I'm having a difficult time narrowing it down from there (my current best guess would be genus Jikradia).

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If I'm not mistaken, this insect is displaying an alarming signal by spreading its wings like that.. it must have felt threatened by you when you were taking the picture (assuming that it wasn't already like that when you approached it).

For more information on this subfamily, I strongly suggest that you explore the text of the previously linked publication, as it contains great information regarding the various tribes of subfamily Coelidiinae, including distribution, origin, host plants, a bit of history, and so forth.


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    $\begingroup$ Brillient - it was 'alarmed' when i first noticed it ( probably more alarmed after afew bright flashes hit its eyes ) $\endgroup$
    – BBM56
    Nov 29 '17 at 11:26

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