Entomology (Study of Bugs)/What is this bug



What is this? It jumps and bites and was found in Florida.

Dear Shakira:

First of all, I love your music! ;-)

Thank you for including the images with your question.  They show a leafhopper of some kind, family Cicadellidae.  Leafhoppers feed on plant sap and do not bite.  They are often attracted to lights at night, sometimes in large numbers.

Leafhoppers do have rows of spines on the hind legs that I suppose could scratch you a little on "take-off" when they leap.  Otherwise they are completely harmless.

Thank you for your question, hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend.



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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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