Clastoptera cf. compta

Clastopterid Spittlebug

Clastoptera cf. compta, Froghopper


Family: Clastopteridae

Subfamily: Clastopterinae

Length: hopper in the photo 3.0 mm


Clastopera compta was first pictured and described in that masterwork of Neotropical botany and zoology, Biologia Centrali-Americana (1894-1909).  The markings are fairly constant within the species, but note that the color may vary from maroon with white markings to black with creamy yellow markings.  The precise range of this species isn’t clear, but at the least it is found in southern Mexico and northern Central America.

Determined by Dr. Gervasio S. Carvalho, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.

Photo location: Crooked Tree Preserve, Orange Walk district, Belize.

Clastoptera cf. compta, Clastopterid Spittlebug, Belize image

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