Maxantonia lineola

Maxantonia lineola, Spittlebug from French Guiana (Guyane)



Family: Cercopidae

Subfamily: Ischnorhinina

Length: Bug in photo 8.1 mm



Johan Fabricius wrote the original species description in his best scholarly Latin in 1803.  Today the genus Maxantonia contains 35 species, distributed primarily in tropical South America, but with a few species found in Central America. 

The markings of M. lineola are distinctive.  M. pudica, a Brazilian species, is also distinctive, with the anterior three-fifths of the insect pale and unmarked and the posterior two-fifths unmarked black.

Photo location: Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

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