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Leafhopper

Observed: 17th January 2010 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in Invertebrates
Over-wintering Leafhopper
Description:

An over-wintering seemingly all-green leafhopper. One of several found on a variety of evergreen plants during Sunday's mild weather.

Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    Leafhopper (Empoasca)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
    • Martin Harvey
      Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
      Invertebrates expert
    • dshubble
      Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
      Invertebrates expert
    • MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in Invertebrates
  • Empoasca sp
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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NB

Empoasca pteridis only known from Jersey and the Chelsea Physic Garden, so as E. decipiens is phenotypically identical a positive ID can only be made via the microscope, (or DNA), for who knows if the former is just as common as the latter as they both occupy the same habitat. The implications are that every record for E. decipiens/petridis can only be recorded as. ''It's likely to be this but I can't be certain", for unless one has the facilities to determine voucher specimens themselves they must be dispatched to some who has. Check with Ledra.

NB. The doppelganger scenario should follow the criteria as laid out above, remembering that only images of the voucher specimens can be titled with the full ID, and only after determination, until such a cf should be used. Also worthy of note is that the iRecord team will only accept records that have been made in the manner cited above. Even after all that preamble the species will still have to be verified by an expert before it will be accepted even if was the same expert that determined it in the first place.