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Keelbacked Treehopper

Scientific Name: 
Antianthe expansa

This treehopper mimics a leaf and is commomly found on the stem of the plant which is generally a member of the Solanum or Tomato Family.  The black-brown and very spiny nymphs are often found in large numbers along the plant stem accompanied by adults.  It is common for the nymphs to be "attended" by ants which gather the extra plant fluids produced by the nymphs.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Garden Location: 
Iochroma Section
Antianthe expansa is found walking along stems
Antianthe expansa nymphs gathered on a tree trunk
Antianthe expansa nymphs feed by piercing the plant tissue
Antianthe expansa nymphs and an adult
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