Leaf hopper, insect

Hop along

Here is a stunningly perfect and minute wing from a type of insect known as a leaf hopper. They belong to a family called the Cicadellidae and they have hind legs that can propel themselves at speed to jump between plants and evade predators. They feed by sucking plant sap, using needle-like mouth parts that can puncture the outer membranes of plants. Size: 4.4mm.

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Common name

Leaf hopper, insect

Type

Arthropods > Insects


Strata

Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Rob Coram

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.14678