Species: Ivy Planthopper (Issus coleoptratus)

Family: Issidae planthoppers (ISSIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Issidae planthoppers (ISSIDAE)

Issidae planthoppers are small, stocky insects that might include in the region of a thousand individual species. They are found throughout the northern hemisphere.

C. Ivy Planthopper (Issus coleoptratus)

The Ivy Planthopper is common throughout southeastern England, and is found on a range of woody plants and deciduous trees. Adults are 3-4 millimetres in length, nymphs being smaller.

A September 2013 article on this insect in The Smithsonian Magazine is worth reading, as it shows how this insect uses toothed gears on its joints to precisely synchronize the kick of its hind legs as it jumps. The article advances the possibility that this is the only mechanical gear ever found in nature!

Images

Ivy Planthopper

The Ivy Planthopper is common throughout southeastern England, and is found on a range of woody plants and deciduous trees.

The individual photographed here is a nymph.

(Photo credit: Stuart MA Ball.)