Kaylyn Flores: Homoptera 1
Location of collection: 33°58'50 N, 84°00'20 W
Date of collection: 09/05-07/2017
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.85327
Rank abundance: 2
Collectors: Kaylyn Flores, Rhea Bowen-Smith, Raydastepha Dimanche, Amy Figueroa
Distinguishing morphological features of Family:
▪ Wings: Front wings membranous or thickened. Usually held roofline over body at rest
▪ Jumping span: 2-5 mm
▪ Antennae: 10-segmented, long and threadlike, rarely absent
▪ Tarsi: 2-segmented, legs rarely lacking
Importance: Few species are pests of orchard trees or garden plants. One western species acts as vector of plant disease known as "psyllid yellows"
Habits: Free-living and feed on variety of plants. Few are gall makers, generally forming galls on hackberry leaves.