CERCOPIS VULNERATA

Cercopidae, Cercopoidea

Froghopper, widespread in England & Wales, with an unverified record in Scotland.

Also known as the Red-and-Black Froghopper.

Found in a variety of wooded and open habitats.

Cercopis vulnerata
Cercopis vulnerata

©Claire Harkin

Cercopis vulnerata
Cercopis vulnerata

©Claire Harkin

Cercopis vulnerata
Cercopis vulnerata

©Tristan Bantock

Cercopis vulnerata
Cercopis vulnerata

©Claire Harkin

Distribution records as at May 2019

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Distinguishing features

Cercopis vulnerata is one of our largest froghoppers. Adults are 9 - 11mm long and can typically be seen between April and August. Nymphs feed on underground roots so are rarely seen.

 

As is typical with froghoppers, they have two stout spines on the outer edge of the hind tibia, as well as several smaller spines at the tip.

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Cercopis vulnerata is an unmistakable species, with very distinctive red and black colouring.