NEOPHILAENUS LINEATUS

Aphrophoridae, Cercopoidea

Froghopper with widespread UK distribution.

A very common grassland species found across the UK.

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Neophilaenus lineatus
Neophilaenus lineatus

©Gernot Kunz

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Neophilaenus lineatus
Neophilaenus lineatus

©Gernot Kunz

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Neophilaenus lineatus
Neophilaenus lineatus

©Karl Graham

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Neophilaenus lineatus
Neophilaenus lineatus

©Gernot Kunz

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Distribution records as at May 2019

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Distinguishing features

Neophilaenus lineatus is the most common and widespread of the Neophilaenus species. Adults are 5 - 7mm long and can be seen between June and November.

 

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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Neophilaenus species can be distinguished as adults from Philaenus spumarius by the more parallel outer edges of the wings when viewed from above (as opposed to the more  convex outline of P. spumarius) and their overall pattern of  markings. They are much smaller than Aphrophora species. 
 
Neophilaenus lineatus is identified by the pale margin of the forewing, backed by a darker line. There is a dark form that occurs in certain populations living on purple moor grass, Molinia caerulea