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NEOPHILAENUS EXCLAMATIONIS

Aphrophoridae, Cercopoidea

Froghopper with widespread but patchy UK distribution.

Locally common on grasses, often on calcareous or gritstone hillsides

Distribution records as at May 2019

Distinguishing features

Neophilaenus exclamationis is a grassland froghopper species. Adults are 4 - 5mm long and can be seen between June and October.

 

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 exclamationis is easily recognised by the markings along the inner edges of the wings, which consist of a pale line along the upper two-thirds, and a pale spot towards the tip. The rest of the wing surface is primarily a dull chestnut-brown, often with a dark streak towards the apex of the inner wing margins.