Leaf hopper, insect

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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


Arthropods > Insects


Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous


140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Rob Coram


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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