Atanus perspicillatus

Deltocephaline Leafhopper

Atanus perspicillatus, Leafhopper

Family: Cicadellidae

Subfamily: Deltocephalinae

Length: 3.5-4.0 mm


Atanus is a predominately Neotropical genus, but there are seven species that live in the Nearctic.

In Atanus perspicillatus the head is bluntly angled. Along the anterior margin of the vertex are the two light-colored ocelli, very close to the compound eyes. Also along this anterior margin is a broken dark, wavy line. The vertex also has a central, Y-shaped line, with the base of the Y meeting the base of the head. Also present on the head, toward the rear, are two large O-shaped spots, which are sometimes broken, or at least darker on one side than the other.

The photo shown here was taken in October in Upshur County; the hopper was attracted to a mercury vapor lamp.

Insects of West Virginia