Wax-tail leafhopper, Pterodictya reticularis

Both photos by Bob Thomas, taken in a cacao plantation, Tortuguero, Costa Rica, February 1986.

Another name for this species is lantern fly.  Many leafhopper have wax producing cells which result in a variety of adornments.  These leafhoppers were visible from 100 feet away in a cacao plantation near Tortuguero, Costa Rica.  They are reported to have moth caterpillar symbionts that feed on the wax.  They are members of the Order Hemiptera, Family Fulgoridae.

 

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