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NEOPHILAENUS CAMPESTRIS

Aphrophoridae, Cercopoidea

Froghopper found in grassy places in southern parts of the UK, as far north as Yorkshire.

Distribution records as at May 2019

Distinguishing features

Neophilaenus campestris a grassland froghopper species. Adults are 5 - 6mm long and can be seen between June and September.

 

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.

Neophilaenus species can be distinguished from Philaenus spumarius by the straight outer edge to the wings (they do not curve outwards when seen from above as is the case for Philaenus). They are distinguished from Aphrophora species by the vertex plate (top of the head) NOT having a median keel i.e. the top of the head is flat, there is no ridge running down the midline of the head.

 

Neophilaenus campestris is relatively easily identified by the two pale areas on the outer edge of the lower half of the wings on an otherwise pale brownish background.