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Dung communities 3

Observed: 25th January 2011 By: andyk
London Natural History Society
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Leafhopper
Leafhopper
Leafhopper
Description:

Tullgren extraction of old cow dung. Possibly using the dung as a shelter site?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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This looks very like

This looks very like Idioceres Sp.
Possibly I. hedenyii but as there are quite a few closely related sp. it is not possible to decide. Believe Maple Cicadas group.

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Idiocerus sp.

Having tried to google Idiocerus hedenyii, I've been unable to find any reference to it at all. Where will I find a description?

Andy Keay

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Idiocerus heydenii

Hi Andy.
Apologies for incorrect spelling.
Also this name is for Netherlands reference only. Google www.gardensafari.net and go to Bugs - cicadas - and scroll down to last entry Idiocerus heydenii.

Failing that look up Acericerus heydenii.
Let me know how that works out and your comments.

Sorry again. Spelling and typing problems due to touch of PD which makes reading my own writing difficult!!.

Dave.

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Idiocerus heydenii

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the link - my specimen looks very similar to I. heydenii, but I think it needs an expert eye!

Apparently this species is Notable B.

What would it's association with old cow dung be?

Andy Keay

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Idiocerus heydenii

Hi Andy.

So far I have not found any reference between
this beastie and Notable B !

Re. the cow dung. Apparently some Leafhoppers, mainly males, are prone to
"Mud puddling". i.e dabbling in mud and dung to obtain nutrients. I would suspect that is what this guy was about.
For further info Google -
Mud puddling wikipedia.
Hope this helps

Dave

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Thanks Dave, I'll look it up.

Thanks Dave, I'll look it up.

Andy Keay