Ecosystem Science Reserve
Insects of Cedar Creek
The presence of Spittlebugs (54 NA spp) is most apparent by the
produced by the nymphs on their host plants. Philaenus
is an abundant polymorphic species found in fields,
marshes, and swamps on a variety of forbs. Philaenarcys
is a very common spittlebug of prairie fields containing
little bluestem--and I suspect this is the host. Paraphilaenus
is an uncommon species found on sedges in boggy
situations. The last two mentioned species were formerly in the genus Philaenus
Two species of Lepyronia
have been collected at CCESR. L. gibbosa
is commonly associated
with P. bilineata
in prairie habitat where it feeds on woody plants
(eg. Rosa, Rubus, Populus, Ceanothus, Corylus
is a common marsh inhabiting species.
is represented by three species: C. saintcyri
in bogs, C. proteus
(alder) in woodland and swamps.
The genus Aphrophora
is represented by three species: A. cribrata
feeds on white pine both as nymph and adult. A. saratogensis
adults are found on white and red pine, but nymphs feed on herbaceous understory
plants. A. parallela
is a new addition to Cedar Creek.
It is a small dark species collected by Vinton Thompson in the sphagnum
mat area bordering Beckman Lake during his visit here in early July 2000.
According to Hamilton, the name parallela
was originally applied
to this species.
I thank Dr. Vinton Thompson (Roosevelt Univ., Chicago) for providing
me with life history information, literature, and specimens of this family.
Hamilton, (19xx). The Cercopidae of Canada
Hanna, M. (1970). An annotated list of the spittlebugs of michigan
(Homoptera: Cercopidae). Michigan Entomologist 3:2-16
Hanna, M and TE Moore (1966). The spittlebugs of Michigan (Homoptera:
Cercopidae). Papers of Mich Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters