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A planthopper (Lystra pulverulenta) showing off its waxy filaments These are also called Wax-tailed Planthoppers or Waxy-tailed Planthoppers, but that name is also used for their cousin Pterodictya reticularis (<a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/14717/wax-tailed_planthopper_pterodictya_reticularis.html)" rel="nofollow">https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/14717/wax-tailed_planthopper_pterodictya_reticularis.html)</a> Geotagged,Lystra pulverulenta,Peru,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

A planthopper (Lystra pulverulenta) showing off its waxy filaments

These are also called Wax-tailed Planthoppers or Waxy-tailed Planthoppers, but that name is also used for their cousin Pterodictya reticularis (https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/14717/wax-tailed_planthopper_pterodictya_reticularis.html)

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  1. John, want to get your opinion on this one:

    Lystra pulverulenta - closeup, Sani Lodge, Ecuador https://www.jungledragon.com/image/130671/lystra_pulverulenta_sani_lodge_ecuador.html Ecuador,Ecuador 2021,Geotagged,Lystra pulverulenta,Sani Lodge,South America,Spring,World,Yasuni National Park

    In the area I photographed, both Lystra lanata (your photo) and Lystra pulverulenta occur. I'm trying to come to a reliable distinction between the two. I'm puzzled by the "Red-dotted" common name as I'm not seeing red dots anywhere except near the eyes, yet both species seem to have this.

    After comparing tons of images side by side, the only structural and fairly reliable difference I see between the species is that Lystra lanata has dark wings across the entire length of the body, whereas Lystra pulverulenta has mostly light wings abruptly transitioning into a dark end of the wings. This seems to be the case for almost all individuals, with only a few exceptions (which may be variability or misidentified).

    Wonder what your thoughts are on this?
    Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
    1. Hey Ferdy, I think you're right. I added a comment to your observation. Posted 7 months ago
      1. Hmm, on the other hand, if yours is pulverulenta then I think mine is also... Looking a little more. Posted 7 months ago
        1. I looked through my photos and I seem to have photos of both species. I think this one is L. pulverulenta, but I also have photos where the white area is much smaller. I will post one of those shortly, and re-identify this one. Posted 7 months ago
          1. Thank you, John. I was thinking the same thing, that yours is either a doubtful one (could go either way) or leaning more towards pulverulenta.

            Would be cool if you have the other species, I think we then documented the entire genus hehe.
            Posted 7 months ago
            1. As you noticed, the other one is now documented here:
              A Red-dotted Planthopper (Lystra lanata) perched on a trunk Until Ferdy pointed it out in a comment in this observation:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129758/a_red-dotted_planthopper_lystra_lanata_showing_off_its_waxy_filaments.html<br />
I didn't realize that there were two very similar species in this area. This one has smaller white patches on the wings. Geotagged,Lystra lanata,Peru,Red-dotted Planthopper,Summer


              I'm "sorry" to report that I stole the first-observation badge for L. pulverulenta from you!
              Posted 7 months ago
              1. Hehe, great with the air quotes. It's a fair rule-based system, you may unexpectedly gain some or lose some. It's a pretty infrequent thing to happen. Of no concern to me as future species millionaire. Posted 7 months ago
                1. I am sure you realize that I do not take this seriously either. But it is fun to joke about! Posted 7 months ago
                  1. Of course I do, fun competition is the best competition :) Posted 7 months ago

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Lystra pulverulenta is a lanternbug in the Lystra genus.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by John Sullivan
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Uploaded Feb 17, 2022. Captured Feb 1, 2022 19:54 in FR69+CP Mazán District, Peru.
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  • f/14.0
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  • ISO400
  • 60mm