Forcipata sp.

Typhlocybine Leafhopper

Genus Forcipata, Leafhopper

Family: Cicadellidae

Subfamily: Typhlocybinae

Length: typically 3.2-3.5 mm


The genus Forcipata looks similar to Ossiannilssonola, but the head (including the eyes) is slightly wider than the thorax. The genus Empoasca is also similar, but has pale spots typically on the head, pronotum, and scutellum.

The genus Forcipata is named for the male's forceps-like abdominal claspers.

In West Virginia, Forcipata is near the southern edge of its range. We have photographed Forcipata spp. in West Virginia in July, August, and September.

Insects of West Virginia